Breast awareness is the term given to encouraging people to get to know their own breasts and to be aware of what changes to look for. Breast cancer is the leading cause of female cancer death in the UK, but did you know that on average 300 men each year are also diagnosed with the disease?
Encourage all women that you know to familiarise themselves with the five point breast awareness plan:
- Know what is normal for you.
- Know what changes to look and feel for:
- changes in size or shape
- changes to the skin such as puckering or dimpling
- changes to the appearance of the nipple or a discharge
- changes in sensation that are different from menstrual tenderness
- Look and feel on a regular basis – remember there is no right or wrong way to do this but make sure that you cover every part of the breast including up into the armpit.
- Report any changes to your GP without delay. Most breast changes are harmless, however its important to have they checked out because early diagnosis of breast cancer increases your chances of survival.
- Attend routine breast screening if you are aged 50 or over.