Check out those breasts!

Breast cancer is still the second biggest cause of death from cancer for women, after lung cancer, and is the most common cancer in woman under 35. We all know someone who has been affected by breast cancer, which is why it's so important we stay breast aware.

Every year many people are told that they have breast cancer. Many of them  die from the disease. If statistics as scary as this doesn't drive you to check your breasts next time you take a shower, I don't know what will! 

How are you going to check your breasts? Contrary to popular belief, there's no right or wrong way to check your breasts, it's better that you create your own routine and are aware of any changes in your breasts.  Just make sure you check the whole breast, your underarm, and right up to your collarbone.

When checking your breasts the things you should look out for are changes in the size or shape, changes in the skin texture such as puckering or dimpling, inverted nipples, a lump or thickening of breast tissue, redness or a rash on the skin/around the nipples, discharge from one or both nipples, constant pain in breast or armpit, or a swelling in your armpit or around your collarbone.

Here are the five easy steps to being breast aware:

1.    Know what's normal for you
2.    Know what to look and feel for (see the list above)
3.    Look and feel regularly!
4.    Report any changes to your doctor without delay
5.    Attend regular breast screenings if you are over 50

The face of breast cancer is not all doom and gloom; new research is improving the chances of cancer survival all the time, but for that research to continue, financial help is needed.  There are hundreds of ways you can support Breast Cancer Awareness. One way is by making them aware through reading.

Pass this to your friends to make them aware!

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