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How much do you know about breast cancer?

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so make sure you get your questions answered....

MACMILLAN Cancer Support's mobile service will be visiting the area, with cancer information specialists on hand to answer any questions or concerns and provide free information, from 8 October to 12 October 2018. The team encourages anyone with worries relating to cancer to stop by.  And as October is:- 'Breast Cancer Awareness Month' and MacMillan is encouraging people to also be aware of the signs and symptoms of the disease. Details of the visits are as follows:-

►  Monday, 8 October, Whiston Primary Care Resource Centre, Old Colliery Road, Whiston, Prescot L35 3SX, 9am to 2pm

►  Tuesday, 9 October, Tesco, Hawthorne Road, Litherland, 12noon to 6pm.

►  Thursday, 11 October, Tuebrook Car Boot, Dorset House, West Derby Road, 9am to 4pm.

►  Friday, 12 October, Near KFC, Belle Vale Shopping Centre, Childwall Valley Road, Liverpool L25 2RF, 9am to 4pm.

Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women in the UK, with more than 62,000 cases reported every year. It is more common in women over 50. Men can also get breast cancer, but this is rare.

Breast cancer survival is improving and has doubled in the last 40 years in the UK.

Debbie Smith, a MacMillan Information and Support Specialist on the unit, said:- "Knowing what changes to look for and when to see your doctor could make a real difference. Don't be scared if you have symptoms. Get them checked."

See your doctor if you have any of these symptoms:-

►  A lump in the breast.

►  Dimpling of the skin or thickening in the breast tissue.

►  A lump or swelling in the armpit.

►  A change in the size or shape of the breast.

►  A nipple that's turned in (inverted)

►  A rash (like eczema) on the nipple.

►  Discharge from the nipple.

►  Pain or discomfort in the breast that doesn't go away, although this is rare.

Debbie added:- "Most breast changes are not caused by cancer, but if you do notice anything that isn't normal for you, see your doctor. If you do have cancer, the sooner it's found, the more likely it is to be successfully treated."

If you need support or just want someone to talk to about breast cancer, call MacMillan Cancer Support free on:- 0808 808 00 00 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm) or for further information about MacMillan's mobile information service, and planned visits, go to:- MacMillan.Org.UK/MobileInfo.

Catalyst awarded National Lottery support

CATALYST Science Discovery Centre and Museum in Widnes has received a National Lottery grant of ₤60,100 for the:- "Catalyst; Past, Present, Future" heritage project. Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, the project aims to develop an interpretation strategy and a marketing strategy to enable the trust to become more resilient.

Supported through the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), the project has appointed a firm of consultants to review the current heritage interpretation throughout Catalyst and report on recommendations on improvements and the use of the collection. A part time Heritage Interpretation Officer, Claire Teague, has been employed to begin to implement recommendations and train or mentor staff, trustees and volunteers to carry this work through.

Catalyst Science Discovery Centre and Museum has a substantial unique archive and artefacts related to the birth of and growth of the chemical industry in the North West where the Museum is based. In addition to the archive collection, many aspects of which are not on display or readily accessible to the public, Catalyst has a gallery dedicated to telling the story of the chemical industry through exhibits, interpretation panels and interactives. The interpretation of this gallery will also be reviewed as part of this project.

Dr Diana Leitch, Chair of the Catalyst Trustees Heritage Group said:- "The financial support of HLF with this project is invaluable. Catalyst has been seeking to update and improve the interpretation of its extensive heritage for some time and this funding has allowed us to commission a comprehensive review of our offering and to look at the significance of our chemical industry collections which we believe to be unique in the UK. We are extremely grateful to HLF for supporting this necessary work."

You can find out more about Catalyst by visiting the website.

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