October is Mid-Spring and one of the nicest months! The flowers are blooming, the weather getting warmer and daylight longer. The footy’s finished and now it’s time to enjoy extra family time, barbecues, maybe walking the dog or going for walk along the beach or country.
October is also Breast Cancer Awareness Month providing an opportunity for us all to focus on breast cancer and its impact on those affected by the disease in our community.
Be breast aware. Finding breast cancer early provides the best chance of surviving the disease. Remember you don’t need to be an expert or use a special technique to check your breasts.
Changes to look for include:
- a new lump or lumpiness, especially if it’s only in one breast
- a change in the size or shape of your breast
- a change to the nipple, such as crusting, ulcer, redness or inversion
- a nipple discharge that occurs without squeezing
- a change in the skin of your breast such as redness or dimpling
- an unusual pain that doesn’t go away.
Most changes aren’t due to breast cancer but it’s important to see your doctor without delay if you notice any of these changes.
For more information check out Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
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