October is breast cancer awareness month

Breast Cancer is the most common cancer in the UK, with 1 in 8 women developing the disease in their lifetime. Around 5000 people will be diagnosed with Breast Cancer this October in the UK.

All women, and men, should be ‘Breast Aware’. Being Breast Aware simply means knowing what your breasts/chest wall area looks and feels like normally, being on the look-out for any unusual changes and getting them checked by your Doctor.  Knowing the signs and symptoms of Breast Cancer can lead to diagnosing the cancer sooner.  This can be crucial in providing more effective treatment and ultimately, saving lives.

What to look out for:

  • Change in shape or size of breast
  • A lump/thickening that feels different
  • Change in skin texture eg. puckering or dimpling
  • Pain
  • Nipple discharge
  • Redness or rash on the skin and/or around the nipple
  • An inverted (pulled in) nipple or changes in the position or shape of the nipple
  • Swelling in your armpit or around your collarbone or chest wall

If you have any concerns or notice changes in your breasts/chest wall, see your GP without delay. He/she may refer you to a breast clinic.

The NHS Breast Screening Programme currently offers routine mammograms to women between the ages of 50 and 70 years (and on request after 70 years).

For more information visit the following websites:

www.breastcancernow.org

www.macmillan.org.uk

www.cancerresearchuk.org