Around 55,000 women and 370 men are diagnosed with breast cancer every year in the UK, that’s 150 a day. In England, every year around 46,000 people are diagnosed with breast cancer.

Whilst most people think of a breast lump being associated with breast cancer, which it completely accurate, a breast lump or thickening is the most common sign of breast cancer.  However, there are other signs and symptoms which should prompt you to seek review as well.

Other possible symptoms of breast cancer include:

  • Swelling of all or part of a breast (even if no lump is felt)
  • Skin dimpling (sometimes looking like an orange peel)
  • Breast or nipple pain
  • Nipple retraction (turning inward)
  • Nipple or breast skin that is red, dry, flaking, or thickened
  • Nipple discharge (other than breast milk)
  • Swollen lymph nodes under the arm or near the collar bone

There are multiple breast conditions which can cause these symptoms, not all of them cancerous.  Please check yourselves, know the signs and if there is any concern something is different from normal for you, get checked.

Podcasts discussing personal stories of breast cancer diagnosis can be found here:

Naked Health: Breast Cancer: Sitting On Your Shoulder on Apple Podcasts

Naked Health: Breast Cancer: Keeping It In The Family on Apple Podcasts