October is globally marked as Breast Cancer Awareness Month to helps increase attention and support for awareness, early diagnosis, and treatment as well as palliative care for women facing this disease.
Early diagnosis remains the cornerstone of breast cancer control. When found early, and if adequate diagnosis and treatment are available, there is a good chance that breast cancer can be cured. If detected late, however, curative treatment is often no longer an option. In such cases, treatment may improve quality of life and delay disease progression, while supportive and palliative care should be readily available to relieve suffering for patients and their families.
Things to look out for
A change in the size, outline or shape of your breast
A change in the look or feel of your skin, such as puckering or dimpling
A new lump, thickening or bumpy area in one breast or armpit that is different from the same area on the other side
Nipple discharge that’s not milky
Bleeding from your nipple
A moist, red area on your nipple that doesn’t heal easily
Any change in nipple position, such as your nipple being pulled in or pointing differently
A rash on or around your nipple
Any discomfort or pain in one breast, particularly if it’s a new pain and doesn’t go away (although pain is only a symptom of breast cancer in rare cases)