You may have noticed the shops are awash with pink items this month – and many are being sold to raise money for a very important cause.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, all about encouraging women – and men – to check themselves and be breast cancer aware.
Each day, 150 new cases of breast cancer are diagnosed, accounting for 15% of all new cases in the UK – making it the most common cancer in the UK.
Most cases are caught early – and the earlier it’s caught, the better your chances of survival. So what signs should you be looking out for?
1. A change in the size or shape of the breast.
2. A lump or thickening that feels different to the rest of the breast tissue.
3. Redness or a rash on the skin.
4. A change in skin texture.
5. Discharge coming from the nipple without squeezing.
6. You nipple becoming inverted.
7. A swelling in your armpit or around your collarbone.
8. Constant pain in your breast or armpit.
It’s important to remember that everyone’s breasts are different, so it’s important to know your own body – and to check yourself regularly so you’re aware of any changes. Make sure you’re checking your breasts, armpits and right up to your collarbone – and if you find a change, contact your GP straight away. A lump could be anything – a cyst or a swelling, for instance – but it’s worth checking out.
For more information on breast cancer, head to www.breastcancercare.org.uk.