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York Hospital lights sky pink for awareness

During a yearlong bid to raise awareness of various health campaigns, York Hospital has continued to light the skies and this month, to mark Breast Cancer Awareness month, pink lights are being beamed from the hospital roof.

Every year over 50,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer in the UK, with one in eight women developing it at some point in their lifetime. York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust diagnoses around 500 new cases of breast cancer every year in the Magnolia Centre at York Hospital and the Macmillan Unit at Scarborough Hospital.

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month aims to raise awareness and encourage both women and men to check their breasts regularly and to see their GP if they have any concerns or develop any of the following symptoms;

  • a lump or area of thickened tissue in either breast
  • a change in the size or shape of one or both breasts
  • discharge from either of your nipples (which may be streaked with blood)
  • 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

Jackie Frazer, Macmillan Breast Care Nurse at York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust said: “Being breast aware is important as detecting cancer early means that the cancer is smaller and treatment options may be more straight forward. Learn and understand what feels normal for you so that if you do notice any changes you can get it checked out without delay.

“Not all changes are a sign of breast cancer; some women have cysts or thickening of the breast tissue, which is normal. But if you have any concerns it’s still best to see your GP.”

In addition to lighting the skies pink, the York Teaching Hospital Charity is raising funds for the Magnolia Centre in York Hospital. They’ve already raised over £265 from a bucket collection at Tesco, Askham Bar in York and they will be holding a bric-a-brac stall in the main entrance of York Hospital on Monday 19 October between 10am and 4pm.

If you have any bric-a-brac donations they would be greatly appreciated, please take them to the York Teaching Hospital Charity Fundraising Office in York Hospital.

14 October 2015

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