Breast cancer: symptoms, causes, and how to check your breasts at home

There are approximately 55,920 new breast cancer cases in the UK every year, and around one in seven women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime. Statistics from Cancer Research UK also tell us that while breast cancer can affect people of all ages, 8 out of 10 women diagnosed are over 50. 

Though these figures sound bleak, the more positive news is that 98% of people will survive breast cancer for five years or more if it’s caught early enough.

One of the most effective ways to look after your breast health is to get familiar with what your breasts normally look and feel like; so you can speak to a doctor about any changes. It’s also worth noting that while breast cancer affects more women, roughly 370 men are diagnosed with breast cancer every year too.

Though the majority of us know we should be routinely checking our breasts for anything unusual, Breast Cancer Now revealed that 46% of UK women forget to do this. Some women also say that they don’t feel confident checking their breasts because they don’t know what to look for.

Additional facts and figures showed that 1 in 10 women have never checked their breasts for anything unusual, a fifth of women check their breasts every six months or less, and 13% of women only check once a year or less.

To highlight the importance of breast health, we’ve put together a useful guide on some of the key things to know about breast cancer – including symptoms, causes, and how to make self-examination a lifetime habit.

Author: wpadmin

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