Charity encourages use of their bag for life to help boost funds

Katie Peebles, health promotion officer for breast health education at the RVI.

Katie Peebles, health promotion officer for breast health education at the RVI.

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A charity is encouraging people to consider their bags for life to help boost funds.

As Breast Cancer Awareness Month comes to an end, the Breast Cancer Service says their bags for life will help boost funds and be an alternative to paying 5p in shops for carrier bags.

The 100 per cent sustainable jute bags are available from the RVI’s Breast Screening Unit and all they ask for is a donation to their dedicated charitable fund, the Newcastle Breast Cancer Imaging Service Fund.

The Newcastle Breast Screening Service offers routine breast screening for women over 50-years-old, across Newcastle, Northumberland, North Tyneside, North Cumbria and Derwentside.

Katie Peebles, health promotion officer for breast health education at the RVI, said: “We want to make sure women are aware of all the symptoms to look out for and the importance of attending their breast screening appointments.

“Women need to be ‘breast aware’ and that means getting to know how your breasts feel and becoming familiar with what’s normal for you.

“If you’re aware of the usual shape and feel of your breasts, this will help you recognise any changes and if you’re ever concerned about any changes with your breasts, seek advice from your GP straight away.

“Breast cancer can occur at any time, so it’s important to be breast aware in between your mammograms.

“If you are concerned about any changes in your breasts, you should contact your GP straight away.

“If your doctor feels that you would benefit from further investigations you will be referred to the RVI or a breast outpatient clinic at your local hospital. You should receive your appointment within two weeks of seeing your GP.”