Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Each year Action Breast
Cancer wants every woman in Ireland to become breast aware and
incorporate the five point breast awareness code into their routine.
Being breast aware means knowing what is normal for you so that if any
unusual change occurs, you will recognise it.  The sooner you notice a
change the better, because if cancer is found early, treatment is more
likely to be successful.

Action Breast Cancer also provides the Reach to Recovery Programme
which is a support programme for women who have had, or are about to
have treatment for breast cancer.  The programme operates by
encouraging and fostering personal contact between the patient and a
Reach to Recovery volunteer.  They have over 70 volunteers throughout
Ireland, all of whom are women who themselves have been successfully
treated for breast cancer.  They have been carefully trained to
provide advice and reassurance.
The National Cancer Helpline provides information, advice and support
to anyone affected by breast cancer, to people who have questions
about breast health.  Cancer information nurses answer all questions
in confidence.  The National Cancer Helpline is a freephone number at
1800 200 700 where a Specialist Cancer Nurse or a Reach to Recovery
volunteer is available to talk to.  The Helpline is open Monday to
Thursday from 9:00am to 7:00pm and Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm.