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Warning on breast cancer

TENS of thousands of women will hear the devastating news that they have breast cancer this year a sad fact that will be highlighted nationally throughout Breast Cancer Awareness month.

Despite one in nine women falling victim to the disease, earlier detection and major advances in treatment has seen death rates in the UK fall by a fifth in ten years.

Grove House Hospice based in City Hospital grounds provides free help, support and services for people living with cancer or life-limiting illnesses across , Harpenden and Hemel Hempstead.

Jenni Curtis, manager of the CANCER-i information and support service at Grove House said: "Breast cancer is the most common cancer for women in this country each year there are over 41,000 new cases in the UK.

"It accounts for almost one in three of all cancer cases in women. It's really important that people continue to learn how to identify the symptoms of breast cancer."

Breast cancer warning signs can include: * Changes in the size, shape or feel of your breasts; * A new lump or thickening in one breast or armpit; * Any puckering, dimpling or redness of the skin; * Changes in the position of the nipple, a rash or nipple discharge; * Pain or discomfort that is new to you and felt only on one side.

The hospice helps newly diagnosed cancer sufferers with an eight-week programme Cancer the Next Step which is a lifeline for patients going through the physical and emotional strains of the disease.

Women should regularly check their breasts and report any changes to their doctor without delay. Women aged 50 and over should also go for breast cancer screening.

For more details e-mail or visit Grove House between 10am and 4pm, Monday to Friday.

Grove House has to raise £786,000 to pay for running costs this year. To make a donation, get involved in fundraising activities or leave a gift in your will call or visit www.grove-house.org.uk n Join the Review & Observer's Action for Breast Cancer (ABC) campaign to help raise more than £260,000 for life-saving equipment at the new breast cancer clinic in City Hospital.

Contact chief reporter Angela Knight on or e-mail about any fundraising events you organise.

For a fundraising pack call West Herts NHS Trust fundraising manager Mankit Yau on or e-mail

3:40pm Monday 10th October 2005

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