Did you know that, in the UK, a person is diagnosed with breast cancer every 10 minutes?
That’s why this October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month is so important. 1 in 8 women in the UK will develop breast cancer in their lifetime, so it’s important to know all of the signs to look for, and act on anything that concerns you.
Breast Cancer Care has put together a Press Pack outlining the vital information that you should know about breasts. So, let’s start with the five-point code:
- Know what is normal for you
- Know what to look and feel for
- Look and feel
- Tell your GP about any changes straight away
- Go for breast screening when invited
Q. How do I check my breasts?
A. There’s no right or wrong way to check your breasts. Try to get used to looking at and feeling your breasts regularly. Remember to check all parts of your breast, your armpits and up to your collarbone.
Q. What changes should I look and feel for?
A. Nobody knows your body like you do, so you’re the best person to notice any unusual changes.
- Changes in size or shape.
- Changes in skin texture such as puckering or dimpling.
- Inverted nipple.
- A lump or thickening of breast tissue.
- Redness or a rash on the skin/around the nipple.
- Discharge from one or both nipples.
- Constant pain in breast or armpit.
- Swelling in armpit/around collarbone.
So, it’s time to cop a feel ladies (and gents)! Get to know your breasts and keep your eyes and hands alert for any changes – no concern is too small, so if something’s bothering you, speak up. It might just be a life-saving moment.
Organisations like Breast Cancer Care can’t do their incredible work without a little support, and there’s plenty of ways for you to show your love this October. Visit their What’s hot on the high street page for a whole selection of supportive goodies, or Paint You Pinkie Pink with Nails Inc.
I’ve opted to show my love and support in my own little way, by rocking my Barry M Pink Flamingo nail varnish and donating £5 through the Breast Cancer Care website.
Whatever you do this October, do it with a little pink in your step, and keep in touch with those breasts – they’re not going to feel themselves!