What is breast cancer?
Breast cancer is cancer that starts in the breast tissue.
One in seven women in the UK will develop breast cancer in their lifetime.
Each year, about 55,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer in the UK. It is more common in women who are aged 50 and over.
Men can also get breast cancer. The most common symptom of breast cancer in men is a lump in the chest area.
Breast cancer in men is very rare. Around 370 men are diagnosed each year in the UK.
Breast cancer can cause symptoms such as a lump, but a lump is not the only symptom of breast cancer.
To find further facts and information about breast cancer go to
What is breast cancer? (breastcancernow.org)
Breast cancer | Cancer Research UK
Breast cancer | Macmillan Cancer Support
See your GP if you notice a change
Most breast changes, including breast lumps, are not cancer. But the sooner breast cancer is found, the more successful treatment is likely to be.
Get any new or unusual changes checked by a GP.
The Macmillan information centre is based in the Sir William Rous unit at Kingston hospital
Please call 0208 973 5001 or drop in if you have any worries or questions
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This service is a joint venture between Macmillan Cancer Support and Kingston Hospital. We want to ensure that if you are affected by cancer, you have access to comprehensive, expert information and support.
Our service is staffed by a health professional and trained volunteers, some of whom have experience of living with cancer.
We can help anyone – patients, their relatives, friends and carers – with concerns about cancer.
You’ll find us Monday to Friday from 09.00 to 17.00 (except Bank Holidays) on the ground floor of the Sir William Rous Unit. You don’t need an appointment.
Our information and support
When you visit our information centre, you’ll be greeted either by our manager or a trained volunteer. You’ll find a range of information leaflets on all aspects of cancer.
Some of our resources are available in different languages or a larger print. We also have a range of information for people with learning disabilities.
We also hold a series of free workshops throughout the year to support patients with cancer and their family or carers. These include a series of wellbeing workshops on topics such as Mindfulness, Relaxation, art therapy and Facing the world. A small sample of these workshops can be viewed through the following links:
The dates for these workshops can be found here Macmillan Workshops Poster. They are normally run for the whole day 11.30-4pm at a venue offsite from the hospital.
Look good feel better workshops
These are make up and confidence building workshops held every two months at the unit. For women who may have lost their eyebrows , need skin advice due to chemotherapy. A wonderful way to get support from other patients going through similar experiences.
The scarf tying demonstrations are run by The League of Jewish women. A large selection of stylish and comfortable alternatives to wigs are demonstrated and are available to purchase. You can be taught how to tie scarves properly and how to accessorize them.
For more information please contact the Information Centre for the next Zoom workshop.
The following is a short video taken at a scarf tying workshop here at Kingston Hospital NHS Trust
Kingston Hospital also offers a range of complementary therapies for newly diagnosed patients. Please speak to your cancer specialist nurse or call the centre to find out what is on offer. These therapies are not currently availble during th pandemic. For more details please contact the Information Centre.
Benefits and finance advice service
Working with Wandsworth Citizen Advice bureau we have a free and confidential welfare benefits and money advice service for people living with cancer , their families and carers.
Specialist advisers give free and impartial advice. Appointments are one to one and they can help you identify the benefits you are entitled to and make life easier.
During the pandemic face to face meeetings are not being held in the centre, please speak to your specialist cancer nurse or call the Macmillan Citizens advice service directly on 020 7 042 0332.
Please call the centre or speak to your cancer specialist nurse for more details about local or national cancer support groups.
We are here to listen if you want to discuss how cancer is affecting your life.
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