Breast Cancer starts when part of the breast begins to grow in an unusual way. Breast cancer can be found by noticing changes in the breast.
These changes in the breast can sometimes be seen from the outside as:
· A change in the size, shape or position of the nipple
· A rash or crusting around the nipple
· Discharge or bleeding coming from the nipple
· A change in the look of the skin – unlike the other breast
· Redness of the skin
Changes to the whole breast:
· A change in the shape or size of the breast
· Pain or discomfort in the breast or armpit
How do I look and feel for changes in my breast?
· The most important thing that you can do is to know how your breasts normally look and feel, then you will notice if there are any changes.
· You can pick up on any changes by looking at and feeling your breasts once a month.
· It will become quick and easy to do.
Look and Feel:
Many women find it easy to look and feel their breasts for changes by following some easy steps:
· If possible, use a mirror and look at your breasts from the front with your arms by your sides.
· Put your arms in the air above your head and look at your breasts.
· Lift up your breasts and check underneath.
· Put your hands on your hips and turn to each side so that you can see the sides of your breasts.
· You can also feel your breasts when you are lying in bed, getting dressed or washing. Whatever suits you best.
· Remember to feel the whole of your breasts, around the nipple and up into your armpit.
· When you feel your breasts, keep your hand flat, your fingers straight and together and feel round the breast in a circular movement.
What should I do if I find a change in my breast?
· Arrange to go to see a doctor as soon as possible.
· Your health is important to you and others.
· You may be busy and have a family to look after but it is important to see a doctor.
· If there is nothing wrong, the doctor can reassure you and if you do need to have any further tests, the sooner these are done the quicker any problem can be dealt with.
How can I prevent getting cancer?
· Don't smoke
· Eat a healthy diet including fresh vegetables
· Drink less alcohol
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