Breast Cancer Awareness Month

We're coming towards the end of Breast Cancer Awareness Month..

The earlier breast cancer is detected and diagnosed, the stronger your chances of survival. A lot of people associate lumps in breasts as being a dead cert diagnosis of cancer, however this is not the case! Follow this advice provided by Breast Cancer Care to ensure you know what to do if you feel any changes in your breasts.

Signs and symptoms of breast cancer can include:

  • a change in size or shape of the breast
  • a lump or thickening that feels different from the rest of the breast tissue
  • redness or a rash on the skin and/or around the nipple
  • a change in skin texture such as puckering or dimpling (like orange peel)
  • discharge (liquid) that comes from the nipple without squeezing
  • your nipple becoming inverted (pulled in) or changing its position or shape
  • a swelling in your armpit or around your collarbone
  • constant pain in your breast or your armpit

How do I check my breasts?

What should I do if I find a change?

Most breast changes are likely to be normal or due to a benign (not cancer) breast condition rather than being a sign of breast cancer. If you notice a change, go and see your GP (local doctor) as soon as you can.

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2016

What is breast cancer?

Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in the UK so chances are you know someone who has been affected by it. Breast cancer starts when cells in the breast tissue begin to divide, mutate and multiply in abnormal ways. There are a combination of factors which affect your chances of getting cancer and often these are completely out of our control.

How many people are affected by breast cancer?

Around 60,000 people are diagnosed with breast cancer in the UK each year and the lifetime risk for a woman getting cancer is 1 in 8. Whilst the risks of breast cancer for men are significantly lower, it still can happen. Around 80% of breast cancers occur in women over the age of 50 but this is not to say it cannot happen to someone younger.

What are the chances of survival?

Today, thanks to earlier detection, an increased knowledge and understanding of breast cancer as well as better treatments mean that survival rates after diagnosis are improving.

More than 8 in 10 women survive breast cancer beyond five years! And around 78% of women survive beyond 10 years. It’s though that around 691,000 people are alive in the UK who have had a diagnosis of breast cancer.

How can I show my support?

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month so it may be that there are local events taking place near you, check out the official website here.

There are many charities you can support which work to fight against breast cancer, here are some listed below.