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Did you know that breast can­cer is the most com­mon can­cer in the UK? A whop­ping 55,000 di­ag­noses are made ev­ery year, with a woman dy­ing from the dis­ease ev­ery 45 min­utes.

Yet, de­spite these stats, less than half of us Brits reg­u­larly check our breasts for signs.

Oc­to­ber marks Breast Can­cer Aware­ness Month, when thou­sands will join the Wear It Pink cam­paign to show sup­port and raise money for breast­cancer re­search. It’s also a re­minder to get clued up on the com­mon signs and symp­toms.

Ev­ery­one’s breasts are dif­fer­ent, but reg­u­lar check­ing makes it eas­ier to spot some­thing un­usual. Breast Can­cer Now tells us what to look out for…

● A lump or swelling in the breast, up­per chest or armpit. You might feel the lump, but not see it.

● Changes in the size or shape of the breast.

● A change in skin tex­ture, such as puck­er­ing or dim­pling.

● Changes in the colour of the breast – the breast may look red or in­flamed.

● A rash, crust­ing or changes to the nip­ple. ● Any un­usual dis­charge from either nip­ple.

To make check­ing part of your rou­tine, down­load the free Breast Check Now app to your phone (iTunes and An­droid).

Breast Can­cer Aware­ness Month

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