October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease.
2020 has been a powerful reminder that we are all in this together, and our choices and actions have the power to protect the most vulnerable among us in a big way. The same holds true when it comes to breast cancer.
According to the American Cancer Society, when breast cancer is detected early, and is in the localized stage, the 5-year relative survival rate is 99%. Early detection includes doing monthly breast self-exams, and scheduling regular clinical breast exams and mammograms.
Carly Moosah, mother of two was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and a great inspiration to all women, she says: “As soon as I was diagnosed my thoughts immediately went to my children & keeping them protected as much as possible. I sought advice on how best to talk to them about everything that was going on & I decided to use an analogy about Lego I’d been told to explain how some of my cells weren’t slotting together correctly. As soon as I had my treatment plan I felt in control again. I worked out my good days after chemo and tried to make these on weekends as much as possible so the kids got a more energised version of me. It will feel like the most mammoth journey lies ahead for you when you are diagnosed but one day at a time suddenly you find yourself the other side of all active treatment & surgery. One day at a time.”
Signs and Symptoms of Breast Cancer
Whatever your age or gender, knowing your body and being aware of the symptoms of breast cancer is really important. Great tips from Coopafeel. You can check in any way that feels comfortable for you. In the shower, when you’re lying down in bed or in the mirror before you get dressed. However you want to check, we have some handy pointers to help.
Understanding Breast Pain
Dr Afsana Safa, a GP in Westminster, explains the causes of breast pain and why it is not considered to be a sign of more serious disease. She describes how breast pain feels and what steps people can take to help relieve their pain.
Get detected early
More than two million patients in North West London to benefit from earlier detection of cancer at their GP practice.
Over two million patients across eight London boroughs are to benefit from a new diagnostic tool that helps to detect cancer in its earliest and most curable stages. The tool, which has shown a 30 times improvement in the detection of cancer, has been rolled out to more than 400 GP practices across Brent, Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, Harrow, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Kensington & Chelsea, and Westminster.
The award-winning tool, C the Signs, identifies the cancer(s) a patient is at risk of within 30 seconds. It is already being used by almost 1000 GPs in South West London. Developed by and for NHS doctors, it uses artificial intelligence to identify patients with suspected cancer, or who may be at risk of cancer.
C the Signs can be used by GPs during their regular consultations with a patient, and classifies patients by their risk of cancer, using signs, symptoms, risk factors and other clinical markers.
The tool uses its advanced AI to identify which specific cancer(s) a patient is at risk of, and which test, investigation or specialist review that patient needs. It also enables GPs to instantly refer patients who need further support into the appropriate service as quickly and conveniently as possible.
The clinical diagnostic tool aids GPs in monitoring and supporting patients who are at risk of cancer. The tool can be used to risk assess and refer patients remotely through video consultation or over the phone.
Bhavagaya Bakshi, GP and co-founder of C the Signs said: “1 in 2 people will be diagnosed with cancer. Delays in accessing cancer care can mean life or death for patients; it is therefore vital for us to ensure all patients at risk of cancer are identified and referred urgently.”
“Although behind the scenes, C the Signs has already made dramatic differences in patients’ lives by supporting doctors in this complex and challenging area of cancer. We are delighted to be rolling this out further so more patients can benefit.’
Dr Afsana Safa, GP and clinical director for cancer for North West London CCGs said: “GPs want patients with suspected cancer to be diagnosed at the earliest possible stage. We are excited to be rolling out C the Signs, which incorporates our local cancer pathways, to give patients at risk of cancer rapid access to tests, diagnostics and any treatment they may need.”
The rollout across North West London Clinical Commissioning Groups is supported by RM Partners, the West London Cancer Alliance hosted by The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust.
Together as a Community
By uniting as a community that recognizes the value of all women, we can work ToGetHer to make sure every woman has access to education, screening, treatment, support, and hope, regardless of her circumstances. You can Donate and help support the National Breast Cancer Foundation and also Copafeel because every donation will help save a life.
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