The earlier breast cancer is diagnosed the easier it is to treat. Learning how to spot breast cancer is a great way to look after yourself, and your family and friends.
Being breast aware simply means knowing what the breasts normally look like and what the common symptoms might be. If you or anyone you know notices a change, report it to your GP.
A common first symptom is usually a lump in the breast but actually 90% of these lumps are benign. However it is always best to get it checked out.
Signs to look out for are:
- A lump in the breast
- A change in the size of shape of the breast
- Dimpling of the skin
- Changes to the nipple – inverting nipples or changes in shape
- Blood stained discharge from the nipple
- A rash on the breast
- Swelling or a lump within the arm pit
There are different types of breast cancer as well as different types of treatment to irradiate the illness and even men can get breast cancer, believe it or not. In the UK, 350 men are diagnosed each year. All symptoms and treatment is the same as that of women.
A healthy lifestyle can also help to prevent cancer, and the good news is you can start today. Being physically active and maintaining a healthy weight for your body shape can help, as well as eating properly. Diets including lots of fibre, fruit (due to their antioxidants) and fish, with their omega three oils, may help with more research is being done all the time.
Care and treatment is evolving all the time, but early detection is best, visit the following website to learn more: https://www.breastcancercare.org.uk