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Check your breasts

Thanks to our growing awareness and because many women are checking their breasts and seeking treatment sooner. More women are surviving breast cancer and going onto live full and vibrant lives. But... we know that many women are still not making regular checks, so read on and start today!

8 common signs to check for

  1. Any unusual change in the shape or size of one of your breasts
  2. If one breast has changed and become lower than the other.
  3. Changes in skin colour or a rash around the nipple.
  4. A nipple that has become pulled in or changed its position or shape (retraction of the nipples is normal in some women).
  5. Puckering or dimpling of the skin.
  6. A lump or thickening within the breast or armpit.
  7. Discharge from one nipple or both.
  8. Constant pain in one part of the breast.

The earlier breast cancer is detected, the greater the chance of successful treatment and cure. Remember 9 out of 10 breast lumps are not cancerous!

When to check your breasts

Examine your breasts once a month, preferably immediately after the end of your period. If you do not have periods, on the same day each month. If you have any doubts, please consult your doctor.

How to check

Begin by facing a mirror or lying down... but see the guided instruction from Breast Cancer Now  here

One for the boys

Did you know that men account for 1% of all breast cancers, that’s over 400 cases a year. As with women, it usually affects older men in the 60 – 70 age bracket, but it can be found in men of any age. The treatment is very similar to that for women.

Did you know?

  • 38% of breast cancers in the UK could be prevented by improved diet, physical activity and body weight. *
  • 12% could be prevented by physical activity alone. *

*Based on current statistics provided by The World Cancer Research Fund.

 

Fact

  • 1 in 8 women in the UK will experience some form of breast cancer during their lifetime. The statistics are very similar across the western world.
  • 1 woman in the UK is diagnosed with breast cancer every 15 minutes.
  • As awareness grows more women are discovering breast cancer than ever before
  • More women are being successfully treated and surviving breast cancer, due to early detection, prompt action and improved treatments
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