Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in the UK, it also affects men. A breast lump is the first symptom in 9 out of 10 breast cancers. Treatment for breast cancer may include a combination of surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy and drugs to block hormones or their effects on cancer cells.
The type of treatment required will be dependent on factors such as they size of the tumour and whether you have had menopause. This is the primary stage of breast cancer (stages 1-3). In some people, cancer cells break away from the primary breast cancer and spread to other parts of the body in the bloodstream or lymphatic system. The cells may lie dormant (still/inactive) for years before they begin to grow again. If cells begin to grow and cause symptoms, it is known as Secondary Breast Cancer.
It is very important that individuals are breast aware. In fact, we should know our own bodies, both how they look and feel and be able to spot any changes. There is no such thing as a standard breast as what is normal from one persons perspective may not be for the other. As humans we come in all different shapes and sizes, also our bodies change overtime as we get older and monthly due to hormonal changes.
• A painless lump in the breast
• A change in the size or shape of breast
• Dimpling on the skin of breast
• A thickening in the breast tissue
• A nipple becoming inverted
• A rash effecting the nipple
• A swelling or lump in the armpit
It is essential to regularly check breast, as treatment is more successful the earlier cancer is diagnosed. Please report any changes to your doctor immediately.