October is Australia’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The annual campaign increases awareness of the disease and provides an opportunity for us to focus on breast cancer and its impact on those affected in our community.
Detecting breast cancer early provides the best chance of surviving the disease. You don’t need to be an expert or use a special technique to check your breasts, just look out for the following changes:
- A new lump or lumpiness, especially if it’s only in one breast
- Change in the size or shape of your breast
- Change to the nipple, such as crusting, ulcer, redness or inversion
- 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. Phone reception on 5492 1044 to book an appointment with your regular GP or one of our lovely female doctors if you have any concerns.