Pink Ladies

Our organisation is unique as it is the only one of its type offering local community based access to specialised support and advice/information services as opposed to those set in a medical or hospital setting where a lot of people feel they just can’t return to once treatment is over because of the traumatic journey it involves.


Our current work and the 2 year action plan to develop for the future on top of the increase in demand for services tells us that we need to employ more staff and recruit volunteers to support them, whilst putting a value on the volunteers we have and making sure we avoid burn out of them.  Volunteers are the heart of any project and without them we could not possibly achieve our targets and goals, nor reach those most in need of our assistance.


GET TO KNOW THE SIGNS AND SYMPTONS

Breast Cancer:

Appearance:

  • A change in size or outline
    of either breast, especially those caused by arm movement;
  • any puckering, dimpling or redness of the skin;
  • veins that stand out more than usual.

Feelings:

  • pain or discomfort in one part of either breast or in your armpit, particularly if new and persistent.

Lumps:

  • any lumps or thickening in either breast that feels different from the other breast;
  • any swelling or lumps under your armpit or around your collarbone

Nipple Change:

  • a nipple that has become pulled in, changed shape or shows signs of any discharge.
  • bleeding, rash or crusted, flaky skin.

Bowel Cancer:

  • bleeding from the back passage (rectum) or blood in your poo.
  • a change in your normal bowel habit, such as looser poo, pooing more often or constipation
  • a lump that your doctor can feel in your back passage or tummy abdomen), more commonly on the right side.
  • a feeling of needing to strain in your back passage (as if you need to poo), even after opening your bowels.
  • pain in your abdomen or back passage tiredness and breathlessness caused by a lower than normal level of red blood cells (anaemia).
  • losing weight

Ovarian Cancer :

  • feeling full quickly
  • loss of appetite
  • pain in your tummy (abdomen) or lower part of your abdomen that doesn’t go away
  • bloating or an increase in the size of your abdomen
  • needing to pee more often occasionally there can be other symptoms: Changes in bowel habit (eg diarrhoea or constipation)
  • Extreme fatigue (feeling very tired)
  • Unexplained weight loss

Cervical Cancer:

  • unusual vaginal bleeding (outside of periods)
  • pain or discomfort during/after sex
  • vaginal discharge/ foul smell
  • pain in the area between the hip bones

Ways of reducing your risk to Cancer:

Whilst cancer still exists it is vitally important to look after and make lifestyle choices to reduce your risk these include:

  • A well-balanced Healthy Diet & Nutrition
  •  Stop Smoking
  •  Reduce or stop intake of Alcohol
  •  Maintain a Healthy Weight
  • Exercise Regularly
  •  Limited exposure to Toxic Chemicals

You know your body better than anyone if you feel that something isn’t right, we would advise you to seek medical advice ignoring this wont make it go away, early detection saves lives!

Pink Ladies would advise that you seek medical advice if you have any of the above symptoms.