You may not have heard, but this October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Suffolk Breast Practice are playing a part in raising awareness of breast cancer. Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women in the UK. By raising awareness of this insidious disease, we hope to provide you with the necessary information to become breast aware and, together, we can help change lives.
Be Breast Aware
Always remember to check your breasts for any abnormalities, but do not self-diagnose. That is why we are here, to ensure you receive the required care and advice. Always visit a qualified professional if you are concerned about any changes to your breast, such as the appearance of lumps or other symptoms.
Breast lumps are an early sign of breast cancer, although most lumps are innocuous. Changes in the texture of your skin around the nipple, such as peeling or crusting, can also be an early sign of breast cancer. These symptoms may be accompanied by nipple discharge or breast pain, in which case it is best to seek urgent medical advice.
Breast cancer increases with age, so it is important to attend regular breast screenings, particularly if you are a woman aged 50 or above. It is also important you understand the different risk levels of breast cancer and are aware of any breast cancer cases in your family history. Visit our blog to learn more about familial breast cancer, genetics, and risk levels.