What to look out for – check your breasts!
Everybody has breast tissue meaning it’s not just women who can get breast cancer. You should be checking your breasts at least once a month so you know what your normal is. You should see a GP if you notice any of the following:
- A new lump or area of thickened tissue in either breast that was not there before
- A change in the size or shape of one or both breasts
- A discharge of fluid from either of your nipples
- A lump or swelling in either of your armpits
- A change in the look or feel of your skin, such as puckering or dimpling, a rash or redness
- A rash (like eczema), crusting, scaly or itchy skin or redness on or around your nipple
- A change in the appearance of your nipple, such as becoming sunken into your breast
Don’t feel afraid to speak to your GP if you notice any new changes in your breasts, early detection saves lives 💖
Support and advice
If you, a friend or family member are ever in need of support it’s good to know organisations that can help💖
You should see your GP if something doesn’t look or feel right, they will be able to get you help in diagnosing breast cancer and the treatment needed.
💖 ABCD – After Breast Cancer Diagnosis
Each of these organisations have tons of resources and information on how to check your breasts, what to do if you notice a change, even monthly text reminders.
If you do one thing today please check your breasts and look at these resources. This knowledge could save your life 💖
Did you know?
Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in the UK, with 1 in 8 women diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.
According to Cancer Research UK, breast cancer accounted for 15% of all cancers in 2015-2018. However, survival rates are improving, with 8 in 10 people surviving more than 10 years after diagnosis.