Pharmacist advice on Breast Cancer
1 in 8 women are diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. As Pharmacists, our role is not limited to dispensing prescriptions and then making sure our patients know how to effectively and safely take their medications but also to dispense awareness. Pharmacist advice on Breast Cancer
Raising awareness about breast cancer supports breast cancer screening. The NHS Breast Screening Programme in England invites all women aged between 47 and 73 for screening every 3 years. You need to be registered with a GP to receive the invitations. To make an appointment, talk to your GP or your local breast screening unit. Pharmacist advice on Breast Cancer
When breast cancer is detected early, the 5-year survival rate is 100%, therefore it is imperative that all women carry out regular self checks and report to their GP when anything abnormal is detected.
Warning signs include:
– lumps or hard knots
– swelling or redness
– change in breast size or shape
– puckered skin
– unusual warmth
– scaly sore on the nipple
– unusual tenderness of the nipple
– clear or bloody nipple discharge that come on suddenly.
Symptoms don’t necessarily mean you have cancer, but definitely mean you should get it checked.
There has been significant pharmaceutical advancements in fighting breast cancer and the promise of more breakthroughs to come. Patients fighting the disease should be rest assured that the industry is constantly thriving to ensure the best possible treatment is available to fight the disease.
After breast cancer treatment, you might now feel you want to focus more on making the most of your health by making lifestyle changes such as:
– Eat well and keep to a healthy weight: Chemotherapy and hormonal treatment can often cause weight gain. Speak to your pharmacist on information about weight management after cancer treatment
– Get physically active: Keep in mind exercise can improve your physical and emotional health. Long term, we know that getting regular physical activity plays a role in helping to lower the risk of some cancers, as well as having other health benefits.
– Stop smoking: various help available on help to stop smoking, speak to your pharmacist for further information.
– Stick to sensible drinking: Guidelines recommend women drink less than two units a day or 14 a week. Try to have a few alcohol-free days a week.
To conclude, be assured that their is various help and support available. I would like to finish off by re-emphasizing the importance of routine breast cancer screening, routine medical check ups and regular self-breast checks, because early detection can improve your chance of fighting the disease. Pharmacist advice on Breast Cancer