London (PRWEB UK) 30 September 2013
The charity Breast Cancer Care estimates that nearly 55,000 people in the UK are diagnosed with breast cancer every year, with one in eight women developing breast cancer in their lifetime. (http://bit.ly/nlSRs1)
But although the number of people being diagnosed with breast cancer is increasing, the survival rates are improving. This is thought to be due to more targeted treatments, earlier detection and better breast awareness.
Ramandeep Sandhu, Pharmacist at ChemistDirect said: “Women should regularly check for any changes to the size and shape of their breasts as well as to the look and feel of the skin in this area.”
“They should also check for lumps, tenderness or pain on the breasts and under the arms, and look out for any discharge from the nipples or a rash on or around the nipples.”
Every woman’s breasts are different so it’s important to know how they normally look and feel. Breasts can also feel different at different times of the month – such as during the menstrual cycle.
Ms Sandhu added: “If a woman finds a change which doesn’t feel normal, she should make an appointment to see her GP as soon as possible, and anyone invited for routine screening must always attend these appointments.”
Breast cancer is the second most common cause of death from cancer in women in the UK, after lung cancer, but October is Breast Cancer Awareness month to help raise awareness and funds for treatment, research and support for sufferers. (http://bit.ly/18rNpbz)
Although very rare, men can also get breast cancer. According to Cancer Research UK, about 370 men are diagnosed every year in the UK. However, the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment are all very similar to women with breast cancer. (http://bit.ly/1bar3y9)
Anyone with concerns should make an appointment with their GP who will be able to offer more information and advice.