GPs 'forgetting breast checks'

GPs should remind female patients of the importance of regularly checking for breast cancer, according to the charity Breakthrough Breast Cancer.

The call comes after a survey by the charity, of 2,005 women aged 18 to 64, revealed that only 41 per cent of women could recall their GP discussing the importance of checking their breasts for signs and symptoms of the disease.

Thirty-seven per cent said they did not check their breasts regularly because they did not know how to and what to look for.

Only 35 per cent of women reported checking regularly.

sanjay.tanday@haymarket.com

  • Breakthrough Breast Cancer 2008

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