20 October 2017

Breast Cancer Awareness Month – Let’s Talk About It

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Every October millions of people come together to raise awareness for this destructive disease. It affects millions of people around the world, and by talking about it regularly, encouraging people to get checked by their GP and raising money through fundraising campaigns to fund this incredible charity, we know we will make a difference.

What is Breast Cancer?

Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in the UK predominately affecting women with over 50,000 women being diagnosed each year in the UK and 1 in 8 women developing it at some point during their lives.

Cancers occur when damaged cells grow uncontrollably and form a lump or thickening called a tumour. Breast cancer usually develops in the glands or ducts that produce milk and carry it to the nipple.

What are the main symptoms?

  • A lump in the breast 
  • A change in the size, shape or feel of a breast
  • Breast pain
  • Skin changes
  • Change in the position of the nipple
  • Inflammatory breast cancer symptoms

How can you do to reduce your risk of Breast Cancer?

There are some preventive measures that can be taken towards lowering the risk of breast cancer:

Be active

It has been estimated that women can reduce their risk of developing breast cancer by 20% through exercising for at least 30 minutes per day.

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Limit your intake of alcohol

Research studies have shown that drinking alcohol regularly is associated with a high risk of developing breast cancer.

Breastfeeding

Studies in the past have shown that women who breastfeed are less likely to develop breast cancer, it has been attributed to oestrogen levels remaining stable whilst breastfeeding. 

Don’t smoke

Studies have suggested that link exists between smoking and breast cancer.

Remember this doesn’t only affect women, men still have a small chance of getting breast cancer. So don’t forget to regularly check your breasts for any signs of breast cancer.

There is plenty of support and advice online where you can seek out answers to your questions, you can find it here.

Sources

https://www.wcrf-uk.org/uk/preventing-cancer/cancer-types/breast-cancer

https://www.breastcancercare.org.uk/about-us/media/press-pack-breast-cancer-awareness-month/facts-statistics

http://breastcancernow.org/about-breast-cancer

http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/womens-health/in-depth/breast-cancer-prevention/art-20044676

http:/ https://www.breastcancercare.org.uk/about-us/news-blogs/news/smoking-risk-factor-breast-cancer/www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Cancer-of-the-breast-female/Pages/Prevention.aspx

http://scienceblog.cancerresearchuk.org/2014/12/26/600000-preventable-cancers-the-size-of-the-healthy-living-prize/140820-preventable-cancers-simple/