As with any illness, an early discovery will give you much better odds of dealing with it. Breast Cancer checks can be crucial in early detection which is why we put together a quick guide for what you should look out for.
Look out for any changes in the shape or size of the breast.
Check for lumps or tissue that feels different to the other breast tissue.
Keep an eye on the skin texture, any changes can be a warning sign.
Any discharge from the nipple.
Rashes or redness around the nipple
A regular pain in the armpit or breast.
Swelling in the armpit or around the collarbone.
Inverted nipple or change in shape or position.
These are all things that you can easily look out for that might have an innocent enough explanation or could be warning signs.
People will naturally have different shaped breasts and nipples and may even have lumps that are not a danger but regularly checking and looking out for any differences or changes is crucial.
If you are concerned you should immediately contact your GP who will be able to refer you on to a specialist or if you have private health care arrange an appointment.
To find out a m=bit more about Breast Cancer and some of the treatments that are available visit http://www.theloc.com/specialism/breast-cancer.
While there were 11,433 deaths in the UK in 2014 caused by Breast Cancer the survival rate is quite high at 78%.
It is also worth noting that 27% of breast cancer cases were preventable so it is worthwhile looking at what lifestyle changes you could make to cut the chances considerably.
There are a number of great sources that look at diet and exercise that can help as well as other factors.
For a good guide on self examination please take a look at the image below,