Breast Cancer in women

Messages to others about breast cancer

Women who were diagnosed after finding a lump encouraged others to be aware of any breast changes, and to consult their GP about any suspicious lumps. Most lumps are benign, but early detection of malignant lumps can be effectively treated.

Messages to newly diagnosed women were of support and encouragement. Some women stressed the importance of asking questions and getting as much information as is helpful. A few women recommended getting second opinions if unsure.

Many women stressed the importance of talking with other people and of accepting support when needed. One of these women also stressed that different patients are given different treatments and that this should not cause concern.

Having a positive attitude was also stressed as important and several women discussed fighting or beating breast cancer with an optimistic and positive frame of mind.

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Several women encouraged others not to be afraid when diagnosed and to view breast cancer as a temporary interruption. A few women suggested eating healthily during treatments and exercising afterwards in order to avoid complications such as lymphoedema. Others suggested taking as much rest as necessary and trying not to worry.

Many women stressed that, these days, breast cancer can be treated effectively and normal life can be resumed after treatment. Some women mentioned the positive outcomes of the experience. Others encouraged women to enjoy each day rather than dwelling on the illness.

Some women had messages for family members, friends and others who are concerned about someone who is newly diagnosed. One stressed the importance of giving support and encouragement, and another of support through regular contact.

Last reviewed August 2018.
Last update June 2010.

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