Breast Cancer Awareness Month – Signs and Symptoms
October 6, 2020
Every October, people all over the world show their support for people affected by breast cancer. The Coronavirus has put many areas of breast cancer on pause. It is even more important now to campaign, fundraise and volunteer to raise awareness and help continue research and care.
One in seven women in the UK will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. It is a cancer that starts in the breast tissue and can cause symptoms such as a lump. This however, is not the only symptom of breast cancer.
Breast cancer can start in different parts of the breast but the most common type of breast cancer starts in the ducts, which are the tubes that carry breast milk to the nipples. The cancer starts when the cells in the breast begin to grow and divide in unusual ways.
80% of breast cancers occur in women over the age of 50 as the older you are the higher the risk. However, breast cancer can also affect men. Most men who develop breast cancer are over 60.
The earlier the breast cancer is diagnosed the better. This is why it is so important to check your breast regularly and be aware of the signs and symptoms.
Common signs and symptoms
- a lump or swelling in the breast, upper chest or armpit – you might feel the lump but not see it
- a change to the skin, such as puckering or dimpling
- a change in the colour of the breast – the breast may look red or inflamed
- a change to the nipple, for example it has become pulled in (inverted)
- rash or crusting around the nipple
- any unusual liquid (discharge) from either nipple
- changes in size or shape of the breast
How to check your breasts
There is no special way to check your breasts and it only takes a few minutes to do. The areas you should check should be the whole breast area, including your upper chest and your armpits. The more regular you check the more you can notice changes.
Breast Cancer Now created a slogan TLC:
- Touch your breasts: can you feel anything unusual?
- Look for changes: does anything look different?
- Check any changes with your GP
Look and feel for the symptoms above and for anything that you do not normally recognise when checking.
See your GP as soon as possible if you notice any unusual changes in your breast. They will examine you and advise on the next steps.
Cancer Care services at Cavendish Homecare
A cancer diagnosis can be very tough on the individual and their family. As one of the leading providers of bespoke Cancer Care in the UK, we pride ourselves on offering superior support in a flexible way – with everything from day-to-day care to highly specialised clinical expertise.
Some of the cancer care services we offer are:
- Flexible Support based on your needs
- A Registered Nurse or Carer to accompany you to or from appointments
- Someone to be on-hand during your treatment
- Support coping with the side-effects of chemotherapy or radiotherapy
- Assistance with rehabilitation following surgery for cancer
- Wound Care
- Stoma Care
- Guidance about charities and organisations who offer various forms of help
If you would like more information about our Cancer Care services, please contact one of our experts who will be happy to help.