Breast cancer roadshow comes to Falkirk

Women are being encouraged to learn the different signs of breast cancer.

A roadshow rolls in to town next week as part of a national campaign to highlight that lumps aren’t the only sign and the importance of visiting a GP quickly if any changes are noticed.

It will be in the Howgate Centre, Falkirk, on Tuesday from 8.30 a.m. till 6 p.m. and the following day at the town’s Morrison supermarket from 8.30 a.m. till 5.30 p.m.

Staff from the national Detect Cancer Early campaign and NHS Forth Valley will be on hand to give out information.

Dr Anne Maree Wallace, director of public health, said: “One in nine women in Scotland will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in their lifetime, so it is vital that we make people aware of all the signs and symptoms to look out for.

“Early detection is key to improving cancer survival and our GPs are keen to hear from anyone who is worried or concerned that they may have a symptom of breast cancer.”

The roadshows are part of the Scottish Government’s £30 million campaign which initially concentrates on the three most common cancers in Scotland – breast, bowel and lung – and aims to increase the early detection of cancer by 25 per cent, saving more than 300 lives a year by the end of the next Parliamentary term.