Breast awareness

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK, one person is diagnosed every 10 minutes. 1 in 8 women in the UK will develop breast cancer in their lifetime.

Breast cancer survival is improving and has doubled in the past 40 years in the UK. there are several websites with information to help you learn more about being Breast Aware and spotting the signs of breast cancer.

What are the symptoms of breast cancer? 

There are many reasons why women may develop breast-related problems and symptoms. Such problems are very common and most of these symptoms will have a harmless cause.

For every 10 women who are referred to a Breast Clinic, only 1 will have breast cancer. Most will have a relatively harmless, non-cancerous problem.

The common breast symptoms that cause women to seek medical advice would be:

  • A lump has been felt within the breast
  • Breast discomfort or pain (mastalgia)
  • Problems related to the nipple, such as discharge of fluid, a rash, alteration in shape (retraction or inversion)
  • Infection (mastitis) whilst breastfeeding
  • Infection in the breast for women who are not breastfeeding

You can learn more about breast cancer symptoms by visiting the websites below.

Know your lemons

Know your lemons

There are 12 symptoms of breast cancer. Do you know them?

The Know Your Lemons Foundation (formerly known as “Worldwide Breast Cancer”) and their groundbreaking Know Your Lemons campaign teaches about the symptoms of breast cancer and the process for detection.

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CoppaFeel

CoppaFeel

CoppaFeel is a charity that aims to help everyone stand the best possible chance of surviving breast cancer by educating them on the importance of getting to know their breasts and pecs. 

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Breast Cancer Now

Breast Cancer Now

Breast Cancer Now is a charity that’s steered by world-class research and powered by life-changing care. Breast Cancer Now are there for anyone affected by breast cancer, the whole way through, providing support for today and hope for the future.

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Last updated: November 15, 2022