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Breast Cancer Awareness Month: October 1st – October 31st

Posted on October 1st, 2020

Each year, about 55,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer in the UK. It is more common in women who are aged 50 and over but can affect anyone, including men of which 400 are diagnosed each year.

One of the signs of breast cancer is having a lump in your breast. It’s important to note that not all breast lumps lead to cancer but regardless, it is worth checking any you find. You can check your breasts for symptoms of breast cancer by going for a mammogram or by simply feeling your breasts for any changes such as:

If you find any symptoms of breast cancer, you should immediately see their GP where you’ll be examined and then referred to see a specialist who will examine you further, ask about your health and family history as well as run further tests. If diagnosed, there are many treatments and options to consider which will be explained to you by your specialist. The most common route would be surgery to conserve your breast tissue or to fully remove it, along with your lymph nodes. There will be support and care for you after any treatment you undergo.

There are risk factors which increase your chance of developing breast cancer such as having a family member who has been diagnosed with breast cancer as well as having any additional breast conditions. Other factors include hormonal factors, being overweight, smoking as well as alcohol consumption.

Raising awareness about breast cancer ensures that people across all ages check themselves routinely and that they are informed about the symptoms of breast cancer and other breast conditions. This October, why not pledge to check your breasts once a month? If you need help being reminded, you can sign up for a reminder text or implement it into your shower routine.

For more information about breast cancer and other cancers, you can visit Cancer Research UK, the Macmillian website or see guidance on the NHS website.

 

Information and photos provided by Cancer Reaseach UK, Coppafeel and Macmillan

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