We’re kicking off Breast Cancer Awareness Month by talking about breasts and what they are.
Web MD defines breasts as:
“The tissue overlying the chest (pectoral) muscles. Women’s breasts are made of specialized tissue that produces milk (glandular tissue) as well as fatty tissue. The amount of fat determines the size of the breast. The milk-producing part of the breast is organized into 15 to 20 sections, called lobes.”
Every woman has a pair of these powerful, lifegiving glands and they differ immensely in size from one woman to the next – they can even differ in size on the same woman!
Breasts are lifegiving in that they are made to produce milk to feed our babies, giving them everything they need for nourishment from birth to 6 months. Read more on the WHO page.
Whichever way you see breasts, they are susceptible to breast cancer.
According to Breast Cancer Now (whose information is covered by NHS England’s Information Standard quality mark) in the UK, breast cancer is the most diagnosed cancer in women, with over 50 000 women diagnosed with breast cancer each year. One in eight women in the UK will develop breast cancer at some point in their lifetime. Read more of the statistics here.
Breasts and breast tissue differ from one woman to another – your breasts may be bumpier than someone else’s. Get to know your breasts intimately so that you can recognise any changes. There is no special technique to checking your breasts, but Breast Cancer Now puts it in a very easy and memorable way:
It’s as simple as TLC…
Touch your breasts. Can you feel anything unusual?
Look for changes. Is there any change in shape or texture?
Check anything unusual with your doctor.
Please read Breast Cancer Now’s Key Facts report for some very useful information.
More women than ever are surviving breast cancer thanks to better awareness, better screening and better treatments – it is important to be breast aware!
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