Breast Cancer Awareness Month
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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October

The Breast Cancer Awareness Month, marked in countries across the world every October, helps to increase attention and support for the awareness, early detection and treatment of this disease.
 
The earlier breast cancer is diagnosed, the better the chance of successful treatment. So it's important to check your breasts regularly and see your GP if you notice a change.
Common breast cancer signs and symptoms include:
  • A lump or swelling in the breast, upper chest or armpit – you might feel the lump but not see it
  • A change in the skin, such as puckering or dimpling
  • A change in the color of the breast – the breast may look red or inflamed
  • A change in the nipple, for example, it has become pulled in (inverted)
  • Rash or crusting around the nipple
  • Any unusual liquid (discharge) from either nipple
  • Changes in size or shape of the breast.  cancernow.org

How Can I Lower My Risk?

  • Keep a healthy weight and exercise regularly.
  • Don’t drink alcohol, or limit the amount of alcohol you drink.
  • If you are taking hormone replacement therapy or birth control pills, ask your doctor about the risks.
  • Breastfeed your children, if possible. www.cdc.gov/cancer


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