A charity is urging residents to check their breasts regularly for changes.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and people are being reminded to check for any lumps or changes. In England 41,000 people are diagnosed with breast cancer each year and back in 2009, Geri Jago, from Stone Cross, was one of them.
The mum-of-three took to the catwalk earlier this month to raise funds for Breast Cancer Care after being chosen to be a model for the event. When she spoke to the Herald back in August she urged women to check their breasts regularly and to highlight that men can also get the disease.
Emma Pennery, clinical director at Breast Cancer Care, said, “Whatever your age, size or shape it’s important to take care of your breasts.
“There’s no right or wrong way to check your breasts – the most important thing to do is look at and feel your breasts regularly. Getting used to looking at yourself in the mirror as well as touch, can be a good way to help you get to know what’s normal for you so you can quickly notice any unusual changes.
“It’s important to check all parts of your breast, including your armpits and up to your collarbone. You should look for any changes in skin texture such as puckering or dimpling, redness or a rash, a change in the position or shape of your nipple, or a change in the size or shape of your breasts. You should also look and feel for any lumps or thickening, any discharge from your nipples and constant pain or swelling in your breast or armpit.
“Making a habit of looking at your breasts in the mirror when you get out of the bath or shower or when getting dressed can be a good way to help you spot any visible changes. This is especially useful if you lift your arms above your head so that you can easily see all parts of your breasts.”