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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and as part of Albion in the Community's (AITC) Speak Up Against Cancer campaign, the charity will be introducing some of its volunteers and sharing their stories.

First up is Jeanette, who lives in Brighton, where around 200 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year.

Thankfully for Jeanette, her cancer was caught early.

She explained: “I was 44 when I found a lump in my right breast, which was very quickly diagnosed as breast...

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Speak Up Against Cancer: Jeanette’s story

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and as part of Albion in the Community’s (AITC) Speak Up Against Cancer campaign, the charity will be introducing some of its volunteers and sharing their stories.

First up is Jeanette, who lives in Brighton, where around 200 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year.

Thankfully for Jeanette, her cancer was caught early.

She explained: “I was 44 when I found a lump in my right breast, which was very quickly diagnosed as breast cancer.

“All the tests were done in one day, which was a relief. Although I then had to have a mastectomy, reconstruction and months of treatment, I feel extremely lucky to have found that lump as it undoubtedly saved my life.

“I didn’t really check my breasts regularly before and would urge all women to do so, whatever your age. If you find a lump or something that looks or feels different or not quite right, getting it checked out quickly is really important. I’m so glad I did.

“I am still enjoying family life with my two children, feeling fitter than ever and looking forward to the future.”

For more information on the early signs and symptoms of breast cancer, visit: https://www.speakupagainstcancer.org/breast-cancer.