Today is Day 2 of Blogtober 2018, and we are talking about Breast Cancer Awareness. You may have seen I have written about Prostate Cancer before, as this is a subject close to my heart.
October is Breast Cancer awareness month, where we are urged to Think Pink and talk about our Breasts. Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK, which affects both women and rarely men.
What Are The Symptoms Of Breast Cancer?
- A change in size of shape
- A lump or area that feels thicker than the rest of the breast
- A change in skin texture such as puckering or dimpling (like the skin of an orange)
- Redness or rash on the skin and/or around the nipple
- Your nipple has become pulled in or looks different, for example changed its position or shape
- Liquid that comes from the nipple without squeezing
- Pain in your breast or your armpit that’s there all or almost all of the time
- A swelling in your armpit or around your collarbone
You may be aware of all these symptoms, but it is always a good idea to check them again just so you are aware to notice any changes.
It is always recommended to get to know your breasts, they do feel different at different times of the month, so get to know them and what is normal and if there are any changes,
A few years ago, I had a scare I had weeping from a nipple, I was scared stiff and went along to my GP the next day. She examined me and said although she thought it was ok she would refer me to a Breast clinic for further examination. I was informed the appointment would be fast, but this is normal. I had an appointment for the following week. I went along for the appointment and after an examination I was sent for a mammogram. This showed something they wanted to check so had an ultra sound as well, which confirmed it was nothing to worry about. My diagnosis was a burst duct. It was a worrying time, but had I left it , I would always had it in the back of my mind worrying.
If you have any sign that something is not right, always get it checked, most of the time it is something not serious. But in case it is serious, you can start to get the treatment you need.
There are many ways to help support Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Why not check out what events are happening in your area.
If you missed Day 1 you can read the post here