Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2023
Did you know there are more than 50,000 new cases of breast cancer in the UK a year? In fact, breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in women – but with early intervention, it can be treated effectively. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and an opportunity to remind ourselves of the most common symptoms of breast cancer and support those who have been through or are going through treatment.
Symptoms of breast cancer
Firstly, it’s important to highlight some of the most common signs of breast cancer, which can include:
- The presence of a new lump in the breast or armpit
- Change in size or shape of breast
- Dimpling of breast skin
- Irritation around the breast area including swelling or pain
- Nipple discharge (outside of breast milk)
- Redness or puckering
If you notice any of the above, then it is essential to contact your GP who will be able to run further tests. While the majority of lumps are not cancerous it is always worth getting checked out.
It is also important to note that some women are asymptomatic when it comes to breast cancer. You know what is ‘normal’ for your breasts, so keep an eye out for any unfamiliar changes.
How can I get involved this Breast Cancer Awareness Month?
- Help spread awareness of common signs and symptoms
- Perform regular self-examinations, feeling for lumps etc.
- Attend mammogram appointment if you are over 40 years of age
- Donate to Cancer Research UK if you are able to
- Share useful information and donation links on social media using the hashtag #BreastCancerAwarenessMonth
- Wear pink to show your support (not just on Wednesdays…).
We hope you found this blog useful – don’t forget to share around and help us raise awareness for Breast Cancer Month!