Hotspot hosting cancer awareness day

Colleen Callaghan (left) and Christine Moir (right) are organising a breast cancer awareness event at The Hotspot in Peterhead.
Colleen Callaghan (left) and Christine Moir (right) are organising a breast cancer awareness event at The Hotspot in Peterhead.

A Peterhead community hub is hosting an information day to raise awareness of breast cancer and the support available to patients and families.

The Healthpoint in The Hotspot on Kirk Street will open its doors onFriday, October 18, as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

A community nurse will be on hand to dispense advice about how to check yourself for signs of breast cancer.

Colleen Callaghan, the Community Health Improvement Advisor, said: “One in eight women have breast cancer in Scotland and we need to make women aware of how to check themselves.

“Every five minutes a woman somewhere in the world is diagnosed - early detection is early prevention.”

Christine Moir, Peterhead Coordinator for CLAN Cancer Support, added: “Awareness is essential for a good prognosis.

“Sadly it’s a very silent disease - people simply don’t know that they have it.

“We’re going to show people how to check signs and symptoms.

“We also offer complimentary therapies - we don’t claim to cure people but we do try to help them feel better.”

She stressed that many women are unaware that a lump is not always the first symptom to show - a rash may appear on the breast, a lump may be felt under the armpit as well, and inverted nipples, pain or swelling can all be an early indicator.

She added that, although rare, men can also suffer from breast cancer.

The event will be held at The Hotspot on Kirk Street, Peterhead, from 11am-3pm on Friday, October 18.