Having just said hello to autumn and the tree’s outside beginning to bronze, it’s now October and Breast Cancer Awareness month. I don’t know whether you know, but I work in a department store on the Lingerie department and do occasionally get to meet people who have been impacted by Breast Cancer. So every week of October I’m going to have a Breast Special and try to share my knowledge about Breast Cancer and the importance of breast maintenance.
Everybody has one breast that is larger than the other, that is very natural and the size of your breasts tend to change during throughout the month, particularly during your menstrual cycle. It’s important to monitor your breasts so you know how your body changes throughout the month so it is easy to recognise when something is unusual.
Similarly to the breast tissue, your nipples will change also. Noticing abnormal change such as puckering of the skin around the areola, an inverted nipple and irregular shape is something that should be monitored.
Often (but not always) people will develop a rash around the nipple and on the breast tissue. Whilst this isn’t a sure sign of breast cancer, you should notify your Doctor if you notice it occurring.
Again, right before your menstrual cycle breasts can feel different and often lumpy but being aware of the way your breasts feel at throughout the month is key to being able to distinguish breast cancer from a natural occurrence. For many women, an unusual lump is the first key sign of breast cancer, this is why it is important to learn how your breasts change so you can differentiate between what’s natural and what is a cause for concern.