Lumps a risk fac­tor

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - NEWS - Shenae Nor­ris

Oc­to­ber is Breast Can­cer Aware­ness Month and pro­vides us with an op­por­tu­nity to fo­cus on how to find breast can­cer early.

Breast can­cer is the most com­mon can­cer among Aus­tralian women of all ages with 1737 women di­ag­nosed in 2014 in WA alone.

In the same year 14 WA men were di­ag­nosed with breast can­cer too.

The good news is that the ear­lier can­cer is found the bet­ter your chance of suc­cess­ful treat­ment.

Com­mon symp­toms of breast can­cer in men and women in­clude:

A lump, lumpi­ness or thick­en­ing in the breast or armpit.

Dim­pling, puck­er­ing or red­ness of the skin.

New per­sis­tent (long-last­ing) pain.

An area that feels dif­fer­ent from the rest.

Changes to the nip­ple such as in­ver­sion, new dis­charge or itchy, ul­cer­ated skin.

Get­ting to know your breasts and what is nor­mal for you is so im­por­tant so that you will no­tice when things change.

If you do no­tice any un­usual changes tell your doc­tor or health worker straight away, even if you have re­cently had a mam­mo­gram.

Hav­ing these symp­toms doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily mean that you have breast can­cer — of­ten the symp­toms turn out to be some­thing less se­ri­ous — but it is im­por­tant to get them checked.

For more in­for­ma­tion on how to find can­cer early visit find­cancerearly.com.au. Shenae Nor­ris is the South West re­gional ed­u­ca­tion Of­fi­cer for Can­cer Coun­cil WA.

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