We want you guys to gain a knowledge and help you to understand how you can spot the warning signs of breast cancer.
In this short blog we will teach you how to self-assess your breasts.
For us at Suffolk Parade we want more, we want to help you guys catch cancer before cancer catches you! We want to help increase your knowledge and understanding of how you can spot the warning signs of breast cancer.
Be aware: Know what’s normal for you. Every woman’s breasts are different, so look and feel them throughout the month and work out for yourself what’s normal.
Look out for any changes, here is a list directly from the NHS of changes to look out for. See your GP if you notice any of the following changes:
- a change in the size, outline or shape of your breast
- a change in the look or feel of your skin, such as puckering or dimpling
- a new lump, thickening or bumpy area in one breast or armpit that is different from the same area on the other side
- nipple discharge that’s not milky
- bleeding from your nipple
- a moist, red area on your nipple that doesn’t heal easily
- any change in nipple position, such as your nipple being pulled in or pointing differently
- a rash on or around your nipple
- any discomfort or pain in one breast, particularly if it’s a new pain and doesn’t go away (although pain is only a symptom of breast cancer in rare cases)
Always check with your GP if you are concerned.
Your breasts can change for many reasons, lots of women have breast lumps and 9 out of 10 of them are NOT cancerous.
However, if you find changes in your breast that aren’t normal for you, it’s best to see your GP as soon as possible. This is because it is important to rule out breast cancer. If cancer is detected, then appropriate treatment should be planned as quickly as possible.