Breast Cancer

  • Breast cancer, like other cancers, is a disease of the body's cells
  • Cancer begins with a change in cells, which increase in number to form a lump
  • If the cancers are not removed or controlled, the abnormal cells can spread and may eventually cause death
  • Most breast lumps are benign, which means they are non-cancerous and are usually harmless
  • Breast cancer generally arises in the cells that line the specialized breast tissue
  • Breast cancer can spread to the lymph glands, the bones and other parts of the body

Action Cancer offers a range of free quality support services from Action Cancer House, Belfast for the individual who has received a cancer diagnosis, and family members, at any stage of their experience.

Complementary therapies help to improve the quality of life for the client and are often used alongside traditional medicine.  Services offered include reflexology, massage, aromatherapy, touch therapy and Bach Flower remedies.

Action Cancer also provides a confidential counselling service for children, young people and adults.  This service provides the individual with a safe place to explore their feelings and talk about their thoughts. 

Using techniques that help you reflect, refocus, rebuild and re-energise, our life coaching service helps you to think about your life, adapt to change and move forward. Each client is provided with confidential and safe surrounds and is taught techniques for developing strategies to achieve their personal goals.

Our Positive Living Programmes offer a two day group support session that uses elements of life coaching, counselling and complementary therapy to assist those affected, and their families, to re-adjust to life with cancer, and equally importantly, life after cancer.

Over 80% of breast lumps are benign (not cancer) and are very common in pre-menopausal women.  They can come and go with the menstrual cycle but any breast lump should be assessed by your GP for referral if necessary to a specialist breast clinic.

Yes men can get breast cancer, although it is much rarer than in women. There are about 300 cases of male breast cancer in the UK each year, this compares with around 45,700 cases of female breast cancer.

If you are a man and have any breast symptoms or concerns you should see your GP immediately to have it checked thoroughly.