New for 2015! We are delighted that Be Clear on Cancer are supporting our Healthy Living theatre – do come along to listen and meet the experts

Key things you should know about cancer

Key things you should know about cancer (c) iStock

There will be four sessions each day. On Thursday, the health expert will be WW’s Dr Melanie, and on Friday and Saturday, it will be long-time GP, Dr Toni. Asking the questions each day will be WW’s Health Editor Tanya

Thursday 10 September with Dr Melanie

11am Breast cancer

12.30pm Menopause

2pm Cardiovascular problems

3.30pm Backache

Friday 11 September with Dr Toni

12pm Breast cancer

1.30pm Menopause

2.30pm Cardiovascular problems

3.30pm Backache

Saturday 12 September with Dr Toni

11am Breast cancer

12.30pm Menopause

2pm Cardiovascular problems

3.30pm Backache

Plus, do come and talk to Be Clear on Cancer’s friendly staff at Stand C25 next to the refreshment area. There will be Be Clear on Cancer leaflets to take away, plus the chance to talk privately with a specialist nurse.

6 Things you may not know about Breast Cancer

Be Clear on Cancer is a great reminder to us all to be aware that older women are more at risk, and the signs to look out for

Research evidence indicates low awareness of the signs and symptoms of cancer.

Be Clear on Cancer campaigns have been developed with the aim of raising awareness of key cancer symptoms and encouraging people with those symptoms to see their GP sooner.

When cancer is detected early, treatment is more likely to be successful.

1. You need to get to know your breasts

It’s important to be breast aware and get to know how your breasts look and feel normally, so it’s easier to spot something unusual or any changes.

2. A lump is not the only sign of breast cancer

You should see your GP straight away if you notice any changes to your breasts. Possible signs of breast cancer include:

  • A lump or thickening in the breast or armpit
  • Changes to the skin of the breast
  • Changes in the shape or size of the breast
  • Nipple changes
  • Nipple discharge
  • Pain in your breast

Bear in mind that about a third of women diagnosed with breast cancer report a symptom other than a lump.

3. You’re still at risk at 70+

So don’t assume you’re past it! Maybe you’ve got a false sense of security from seeing young women in campaign ads, but in fact the risk increases with age and one in three women who get breast cancer are over 70.

If you notice any changes to your breasts, tell your doctor straight away. Visit

4. The earlier cancer is diagnosed, the more treatable it is

If breast cancer is diagnosed at the earliest stage in women aged 70 and over, 93% will survive for at least five years.

Older women are more likely to put off going to their GP with breast cancer symptoms; they may, however, mention symptoms or changes they’ve noticed to a friend.

If that’s you, do encourage them to make an appointment with their GP.

5. Maintaining a healthy weight could reduce your risk

Keeping a healthy body weight is a great way to help reduce your risk of cancer. Being overweight is the biggest lifestyle risk for female breast cancer, accounting for nearly one in ten cases.

Keep fit and stay active. Swimming, exercise classes, dancing or yoga – no matter what type of exercise, the more you can do, the better.

Drinking too much alcohol can lead to a number of health problems and is linked with breast cancer too. By drinking less, you’ll reduce your health risks

6. You can ask for a screening

Women over 70 are not routinely invited for breast cancer screening but if you’re over 70, you can ask for a free screening every three years.

Just get in touch with your local breast screening unit to make an appointment (find your local unit at

To help you decide whether or not you want to have breast screening, you can read about the process and its benefits and risks at

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