Help to spot the signs and symptoms of breast cancer

More people in Waltham Forest are diagnosed with breast cancer than in other parts of the country.

In the borough, 183 residents in every 100,000 are diagnosed with the disease, compared to the national average of 173 in every 100,000.

There is also a lower uptake of breast screening in Waltham Forest than the national average, with 67% of eligible women taking up the invitation for breast screening as opposed to 75% nationally.

Dr Mayank Shah, NHS Waltham Forest Clinical Commissioning Group Clinical Director for Cancer Services said: “We do have a higher than the national average rate of breast cancer in Waltham Forest and a lower uptake of screening, so I would urge residents to use this month, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, to find out all they can about the disease and see their GP if they have any concerns."

Open day

As part of Breast Cancer Awareness month, the triple assessment breast clinic at Whipps Cross Hospital is holding an open day to give patients and the public the chance to see the clinic and learn more about the signs and symptoms of breast cancer.

The open day takes place on Thursday 20 October between 1pm and 3pm.

Clinical nurse specialists and breast clinic staff will be available to answer questions about breast cancer and provide advice and information, including videos on how to self-examine. Tours of the new breast clinic will also be available.

Mr Ullah, Consultant Breast Surgeon at Whipps Cross, said: “We are seeing more and more young women presenting with breast cancer, so please see your GP if you are worried.

"Seeking early advice is really important. If concerned, your GP will refer you to the breast clinic, and we will make an appointment to see you within 14 days.

"We have a fabulous new breast unit at Whipps Cross and we are very proud of the service we are now able to offer to our patients."


If you cannot make the open day, the Cancer Research UK roadshow will be in Walthamstow Town Square between 25 and 27 October 2016.

Staffed by specially trained Cancer Research UK nurses, the roadshow will be open between 10am and 4pm each day.

Visitors can benefit from free information on how to reduce their risk of cancer and find out about early diagnosis and the importance of going to the doctor with any health concerns.

Funded by the Peter Andre Fund since 2013, the London Cancer Awareness Roadshow provides a convenient drop in point for the local community.

People can have a confidential conversation with a nurse who will offer support to help make positive changes to their lifestyle and encourage them to go to their GP with any health concerns.

Roadshow visitors can also find out their BMI (body mass index) to check if their weight is in a healthy range.

To find out more about the Cancer Awareness Roadshow or how to reduce the risk of cancer and detect it early, visit or follow the Roadshow team on Twitter @CRUKroadshow_SE.

Signs and symptoms

  • Most breast lumps (90%) aren't cancerous, but it's always best to have them checked by your doctor.
  • You should see your GP if you notice any of the following:
    • a new lump or area of thickened tissue in either breast that was not there before
    • a change in the size or shape of one or both breasts
    • bloodstained discharge from either of your nipples
    • a lump or swelling in either of your armpits
    • dimpling on the skin of your breasts
    • a rash on or around your nipple
    • a change in the appearance of your nipple, such as becoming sunken into your breast

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