This month is Breast Cancer awareness month, this form of cancer is the most common form of Cancer in women worldwide. Also, though rare it is a form of cancer than men can suffer from too. This month, please either familiarise yourself with Breast Cancer awareness or try promoting it. It is something that affects everyone. Just knowing what to look for when checking your breasts could save your life!
As mentioned above, this is the most common for of Cancer in Women, yet it is also something that in many cases could be avoided by simple checking our breasts. By checking our breasts for lumps or anything else that seems out of the ordinary or you know wasn’t their before and reporting this to a doctor could literally save your life! With that in mind, here are some things you should look out for when checking your breasts:
- a change in the size, shape or feel of a breast.
- a new lump or thickening in a breast or armpit.
- skin changes such as puckering, dimpling, a rash or redness of the skin.
- fluid leaking from a nipple in a woman who isn’t pregnant or breast-feeding.
- changes in the position of a nipple.
- pain in your breast.
Now remember, these signs do not necessarily mean Cancer but it could also be some other medical condition. Either way, if you find any of these symptoms then please, see your GP.
Also, when checking your breasts and coming across a lump, 9 out of 10 (90%) they are benign. That means they are not cancers. Most benign breast lumps are:
- Areas of normal lumpiness that is more obvious just before a period.
- Cysts – sacs of fluid in the breast tissue, which are quite common.
- Fibroadenoma – a collection of fibrous glandular tissue (these are common in younger women, for example under 30).
But again, is still something you should report to your GP about. Click here to read more about Breast Cancer and what to lookout for.
So my final message is the same one I have been pushing throughout this whole article: Please check your breasts, whether you’re a female or male! Help raise awareness for this and hopefully, one day very soon we shall find a cure!
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