October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, when we talk about the causes of breast cancer, what symptoms to look out for and what support is available.
The first symptom of breast cancer that women notice is a lump or area of thickened tissue in their breast. Most breast lumps are not cancerous, but it’s always best to have them checked by a doctor.
You should see a GP if you notice any of the following:
- A new lump or area of thickened tissue in either breast
- A change in size or shape of one or both breasts
- A discharge from either nipple
- A lump or swelling in your armpit
- A change in the look or feel of your skin, such a puckering or dimpling, a rash or redness
- A rash or itchy skin or redness around or on your nipple
- A change in the appearance of your nipple
Breast pain is not usually a symptom of breast cancer.
The first symptoms of breast cancer in men can include:
- A lump in the breast
- The nipple turning inwards
- Fluid oozing from the nipple
- A sore or rash around the nipple
- The nipple or surrounding skin becoming hard, red or swollen
- Small bumps in the armpit
You can find more information at:
Breast Cancer Now – https://breastcancernow.org/information-support/have-i-got-breast-cancer/signs-symptoms-breast-cancer
Cancer Research UK- https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/breast-cancer/symptoms
Macmillan Cancer Support – https://www.macmillan.org.uk/cancer-information-and-support/breast-cancer/signs-and-symptoms-of-breast-cancer
Check for Cancer – https://www.check4cancer.com
nhs.uk – https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/breast-cancer/symptoms/