Ian Yuill

Liberal Democrat councillor for Mannofield, Airyhall, Braeside, Broomhill, Garthdee, Kaimhill and Ruthrieston Learn more

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

by Ian Yuill on 1 October, 2017

This October marks Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Most breast changes will not be cancer. However, breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK so it is important that you find out what’s causing the change.

Most breast changes will not be cancer. However, breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK so it is important that you find out what’s causing the change and early detection can mean that treatment is more effective.

According to Cancer Research UK, 9 out of 10 breast lumps are not cancer.

The following changes in your breasts that could signal breast cancer:

  • changes in the outline or shape of the breast, especially those caused by arm movements or by lifting the breast
  • changes in the look or feel of the skin, such as puckering or dimpling
  • any new lumps, thickening or bumpy areas in one breast or armpit, with or without pain, that differs from the same part of the other breast and armpit
  • discharge from the nipple (may be bloodstained)
  • moist, red areas on the nipple that don’t heal easily
  • any change in nipple position, such as being pulled in or pointing differently
  • a rash on or around the nipple

If you notice any of these changes, see your GP.

When your GP examines your breasts they may feel that there is no need for further investigation, they may ask to see you again after a short period of time or they may refer you to a breast clinic. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you have breast cancer, just that further tests are needed to find out what is going on.

It’s good to get into the habit of checking your breasts regularly – maybe when you’re in the bath or shower, or while getting dressed in the morning.

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