Checking your breasts: are you cancer aware?

Every day 140 women and one man a day are diagnosed with breast cancer in the UK.

Although a disease that affects women far more, it does affect men too. Breast cancer can occur in any age group, but most often occurs in women over the age of 50. In the UK, the UK NHS Breast screening programme invites all women aged 50 to 70 for screening every three years. In England, this is being extended to include 47- to 73-year-olds as well.

How to be breast aware

Being aware of your breasts simply means getting to know what they normally look like and feel like. This can vary between different times of the menstrual cycle. Once you are familiar with how they normally feel, and look, keep an eye out for changes out of the norm. If you feel something different, especially if it remains after your period, make sure you get it checked.

The NHS Breast Screening Programme has produced a five-point plan for being breast aware:

· Know what's normal for you

· Look at your breasts and feel them

· Know what changes to look for

· Report any changes without delay

· Attend routine screening if you're 50 or over


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