A DROITWICH breast cancer expert is advising women to watch out for early signs of the disease.

Consultant breast surgeon Michelle Mullan says that although there have been major breakthroughs in treatments over the last 10 years, regular self checks were still the most important weapon in the fight against the illness.

To mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Miss Mullan, who holds regular clinics at BMI Droitwich Spa Hospital, is telling women to get to know their bodies.

“There is no right or wrong way to check your breasts but it is important to know your body so you can then recognise any subtle changes,” she said.

“Current guidelines state that you do not need to perform self-breast examinations at any set interval or in any prescribed manner as long as you do it regularly and thoroughly. You should know the signs of the breast cancer and know what is normal for your body. It is important to remember to check your breasts and your armpits regularly and see your GP if you are worried.

“The most important thing is not to be complacent. It is vitally important to remember that regardless of family history or genetic predisposition, everyone should be breast aware. It really is the most effective way of saving lives.”

Each year around 50,000 people are diagnosed with the disease and this October, 4,000 people will receive the news that they have breast cancer.