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CHERIE BACKS BREAST CANCER CAMPAIGN.

CHERIE Blair today urges women not to be afraid to visit their doctor if they find a breast lump.

Writing exclusively in the Sunday Mirror's Personal magazine, she stresses that, although nine out of every 10 lumps are harmless, early diagnosis can help prevent deaths from breast cancer.

Cherie, a patron of the charity Breast Cancer Care, says: "It is really important for women of all ages to be breast aware.

"Women should get to know what their breasts look and feel like normally and be alert to any changes which can be reported to their GP."

Her advice, which comes at the start of October's Breast Cancer Awareness Month - which has a pink ribbon symbol (right) - is part of her drive to make women enlightened, not frightened, about their health.

Cherie, writing as Cherie Booth QC for Personal's special report on the disease, tells how the deaths of two women close to her affected her and her family.

Breast Cancer Care is the only charity she has lent her name to since Tony Blair became Prime Minister.
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Author:Medical, SHARON COLLINS
Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Sep 26, 1999
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