OAP’s rash turned out to be breast cancer

Laura Easton urged women to seek help if they suspect they have any problems.
Laura Easton urged women to seek help if they suspect they have any problems.

A woman who was treated for breast cancer has backed a campaign to raise awareness.

Laura Easton, 78, urged older women to visit their doctor if they see any changes to their breasts. A national Be Clear on Cancer campaign is running until September 6 to highlight breast cancer in women over 70.

I feel really strongly about telling people about my own experience because it shows you how easily you can miss the warning signs

Laura Easton who received treatment for breast cancer

Laura said: “I noticed a rash on the skin. It was a few spots, it was like eczema, which I thought was strange because I don’t have problems with my skin.”

Laura shared her concerns with her GP who referred her to a specialist.

In February, Laura was referred to the breast unit at the University Hospital of North Tees where she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Within days she had surgery to have a mastectomy and, because the cancer was caught early, she has not needed chemotherapy or radiotherapy treatment. Instead, she takes a pill known as Letrozole daily which reduces the risk of cancer returning.

She said: “I don’t like to be the centre of attention, but I want to be part of this campaign because I feel strongly about it. Women around my age should not hesitate to visit their doctor if they experience anything unusual. It’s not just about looking for lumps – it’s any changes in your breasts you experience.”

For more information about the campaign visit www.nhs.uk/be-clear-on-cancer/breast-cancer/