Breast Cancer Awareness
October is breast cancer awareness month. This month is used to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of breast cancer, the improtance of getting an early diagnosis and how a healthy lifestyle can help protect you. About 1 in 8 women in the UK are diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime. If it’s detected early, treatment is more successful and there’s a good chance of recovery.
The earlier breast cancer is diagnosed, the better the chance of successful treatment. So it’s important to check your breasts regularly and see your GP if you notice a 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
- Pain that is there all or most of the time
Noticing an unusual change doesn’t necessarily mean you have breast cancer, and most breast changes are not because of cancer. But it’s important to get checked by your GP. Get in touch with your GP by telephoning the suregery or usiing e consult at : https://patients.econsult.health/
Men can also develop breast cancer but it is very rare.
How to check your breasts
Checking your breasts only takes a few minutes. There’s no special technique and you don’t need training to check your breasts.
Check the whole breast area, including your upper chest and armpits.
Do this regularly to check for changes.
It’s as simple as TLC: Touch Look Check
- Touch your breasts: can you feel anything unusual?
- Look for changes: does anything look different?
- Check any changes with your GP
Helping to prevent breast cancer
Studies have looked at the link between breast cancer and diet, and although there are no definite conclusions, there are benefits for women who:
- maintain a healthy weight
- exercise regularly
- have a low intake of saturated fat
- do not drink alcohol
Breast screening aims to find breast cancers early. It uses an X-ray test called a mammogram that can spot cancers when they’re too small to see or feel.
As the likelihood of getting breast cancer increases with age, all women aged from 50 to their 71st birthday who are registered with a GP are automatically invited for breast cancer screening every 3 years.
Support for people affected by cancer
The Macmillan Support Line offers confidential support to people living with cancer and their loved ones. If you are worried about money, work or treatment, or you just want to speak about whatever matters to you, they’ll listen and support you.
Call on 0808 239 37 83
Widnes and Runcorn Cancer Support Group provide a community based welcoming environment where emotional and psychological support is available for people from Halton whose lives have been touched by cancer.
Contact them on:0151 423 5730 Mon-Fri 10am-3pm or visit their website at: https://www.widnesandruncorncancersupport.org.uk/