We’re a female-dominated industry and we love it! So, it’s only right that we’re supporting Breast Cancer Awareness month, this October by raising awareness and reducing the stigma through education on symptoms and treatment.
We’ve done our research and have carefully put together this blog to explain (in short) everything you need to know. For more information or to talk to a professional breast care nurse, please visit www.breastcancercare.org.uk or call 0808 800 6000.
What is breast cancer?
The cancer begins when cells in the breast begin to grow out of control, it’s likely that they will form a tumor which can often be felt as a lump or noticed on an x-ray. Although some lumps are non-cancerous, the tumors (lumps) can become cancerous if these growing cells invade surrounding tissue or spread to other parts of the body. Breast cancer affects women but as men have breast tissue, they can be diagnosed too.
Signs & symptoms?
Some of the signs and symptoms of breast cancer include:
- A change in size or 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
What are the next steps?
Tell your doctor as soon as you notice a change to your breasts. Many symptoms of breast cancer, such as breast pain or a lump, may in fact be caused by normal breast changes or a benign (not cancer) breast condition. However, anything ‘unusual’ or different, is important to note to your GP (local doctor) as soon as possible.
Whether you want to speak to a nurse, join a support group or connect with volunteers who have faced what you are facing now Breast Cancer Care can help you feel more in control. You are not alone.
We hope that this blog has helped you or someone you know. Please do contact the support pages we have listed above and if you have any concerns, do not feel afraid to speak out. To make a donation today, click here.
By HC MedSpa
Wednesday 17th October 2018