Breast Cancer Awareness Month has arrived and the movement remains as relevant as ever to both men and women’s health worldwide. With 23% of all cases being preventable (based on Cancer Research UK’s 2015 breast cancer statistics), it’s clear there is still more to be done in spreading awareness of the disease.
Know Your Lemons is one of the non-profit charities spearheading the fight against breast cancer worldwide and promoting early detection. Not only do they provide information on free mammograms throughout the USA, but they’re doing fantastically in educating the public about breast cancer and its symptoms.
Of course, the first step in fighting a disease is spreading awareness of its symptoms. But what exactly are the first signs to look out for? For women, our breasts change as our menstrual cycle progresses, as well as when menopause sets in. “It’s vital that women check their breasts regularly for any changes and always have any changes examined by a GP,” the NHS advise. Yet there’s more to breast cancer than that odd, stubborn lump that just won’t go away.
Thankfully, Know Your Lemons has created a super helpful guide to keep track of the signs.
- Hard lump
- “Orange Peel” skin
- New shape/size
- Sunken nipple
- Growing vein
- Skin sores
- New fluid
- Nipple crust
- Thick area
If you are still unsure, it is best to consult with your local GP.