October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign with the aim to help increase awareness of breast cancer.
This year has shown us that we are all in this together and that our actions have the power to help and protect the most vulnerable people in our society. The same holds true when it comes to breast cancer.
The earlier breast cancer is diagnosed, the better chance there is of successful treatment. It’s really important to check your breasts regularly and go to your GP/doctor if you notice ANY change.
Common breast cancer signs and symptoms include:
- a lump or swelling in the breast, upper chest or armpit – you might feel the lump but not see it
- a change to the skin, such as puckering or dimpling
- a change in the colour of the breast – the breast may look red or inflamed
- a change to the nipple, for example it has become pulled in (inverted)
- rash or crusting around the nipple
- any unusual liquid (discharge) from either nipple
- changes in size or shape of the breast
It’s really easy to get involved and just a few minutes of your time could make a real difference. To find out more on how you can help campaign or if you would like to donate visit breastcancernow.org