Statistics from www.cancerresearchuk.org state that in 2010 there were just under 50 000 diagnoses of invasive breast cancer in the UK.
As the number grows thankfully so does the research, understanding, treatment and survival rate. The chances are, however, that you will come across it at some point in your life time. Whether it is you, your mum, your sister, your best friend, your husband or brother even, it will reach you somehow.
We can’t eradicate all the risk factors totally but we can do as much as possible to be aware and thoughtful in our approach to health.
Signs and Symptoms:
(taken from www.nationalbreastcancer.org)
- Nipple tenderness or a lump or thickening in or near the breast or underarm area
- A change in the skin texture or an enlargement of pores in the skin of the breast (some describe this as similar to an orange peel’s texture)
- A lump in the breast (It’s important to remember that all lumps should be investigated by a healthcare professional, but not all lumps are cancerous.)
- Any unexplained change in the size or shape of the breast
- Dimpling anywhere on the breast
- Unexplained swelling of the breast (especially if on one side only)
- Unexplained shrinkage of the breast (especially if on one side only)
- Recent asymmetry of the breasts (Although it is common for women to have one breast that is slightly larger than the other, if the onset of asymmetry is recent, it should be checked.)
- Nipple that is turned slightly inward or inverted
- Skin of the breast, areola, or nipple that becomes scaly, red, or swollen or may have ridges or pitting resembling the skin of an orange,
- Unexplained discharge from the nipple (may not be cancerous, it should be checked)