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Women urged to be breast aware.

WOMEN across Teesside are being urged to be breast aware throughout Breast Cancer Awareness Month and beyond.

NHS England in Durham, Darlington and Tees, which commissions a breast screening programme for women aged 50 - 70, is supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October.

As part of its screening programme, women in Durham, Darlington and Tees receive a mammogram once every three years, which can detect tumours too small to be felt by hand.

However, women across the region are also being encouraged to examine their own breasts once a month and report any changes they are concerned about to their GP. James Gossow, medical director for Durham Darlington and Tees NHS, said: "Each woman is an expert on their own body - the changes you go through or anything new and out of the ordinary. Being 'breast aware' is about taking care of you and a part of that is selfexamination.

"If you find a lump or notice anything different, make an appointment with your GP as soon as possible."

Changes to look out for include any change in the size, shape or feel of your breast, any new lumps or thickening in one breast or armpit, puckering, dimpling or redness of the skin, any changes in the position of the nipple or nipple discharge.

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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
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Date:Oct 13, 2014
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