Breast Cancer Month: Be Breast Aware
Breast Cancer will affect one in eight women in the UK.
Around 50,000 women and 400 men are diagnosed with breast cancer every year and around 1,000 women die from it every month. More people than ever are surviving thanks to better awareness, screening and treatments.
What is Breast cancer?
It is the collective term for all cancers that originate in breast tissue. Abnormal growth and division of cells can form a lump or tumour in the breast which in some cases may spread to other parts of the body.
It is thought to be caused by a combination of our genes, lifestyle choices and surrounding environment.
What can I do to decrease my risk?
One of the biggest risk factors is age, at least 4 out of 5 breast cancers occur in women over 50. To lower your chances of developing it you can make changes such as drinking less alcohol, maintaining a healthy weight and being regularly physically active. Women aged 50 and over are entitled to free breast screening.
Follow these steps to be breast aware:
T L C:
T for TOUCH, touch your breasts, do you feel anything unusual?
L for LOOK, look for changes, is there change in shape or texture?
C for CHECK, check anything with your doctor as soon as you notice it, the sooner the better.
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