People encouraged to know signs of cancer
WOMEN and men are urged to be aware of the symptoms which could be signs of breast cancer.
Avi Agrawal, consultant breast surgeon at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham, said: ‘It’s vital that people are aware of the symptoms of breast cancer and we fully support the Wear It Pink initiative.
‘If any woman, or man, experiences certain symptoms then they should visit their GP.
‘The symptoms include a lump in the breast, nipple discharge, especially if it’s bloody, retraction of the nipple or ulceration of the skin in that area.
‘Another potential sign is a lump in the armpit.
‘For any of these symptoms the first thing you should do is see your GP.
‘If it needs further investigation then you will be referred to a specialist.’
Women are encouraged to check their breasts regularly and note any changes to how they normally feel.
Charity Breast Cancer Care says the breast area includes up to the armpits and collarbone.
It advises: ‘Try to get used to looking at and feeling your breasts regularly.
‘You can do this in the bath or shower, when you use body lotion, or when you get dressed.
‘There’s really no need to change your everyday routine.
‘Just decide what you are comfortable with and what suits you best.’
For more information on symptoms visit breastcancercare.org.uk.