Check it out
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