Recent reports suggest that a national campaign has been organized in Swindon to generate awareness amongst the people across the country regarding the symptoms of a few types of cancers. It has been reported that the team of volunteers responsible to carry out the campaign properly has been set up in Swindon.
Department of Health has launched this campaign Be Clear On Cancer, in order to make people more aware of the symptoms of certain types of cancers and also to urge people coming across these symptoms to visit their GP as soon as possible.
Sylvia Baker, a volunteer for the campaign, said: “Unfortunately, women over 70 are more likely to delay seeing their doctor for unusual breast symptoms, so, breast cancer is often diagnosed at a later stage in this age group”.
Breast cancer is reported to be the most common cancerous form in England. Each year, as many as 39,000 women are diagnosed with the deadly disease and one-third of them are majorly women above the age of 70 years.
In Swindon alone, 48 women, aged above 70, died of the cancer type in 2008.
However, with advancements in the technology, there are far more effective ways to curb the disease, but that is possible only if the disease is caught at an early age.