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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

It’s a time annually devoted to educating everyone about breast cancer and the importance of early detection. It’s a global campaign to raise awareness and support for the people affected by the disease.

No matter who you are or where you live, breast cancer may touch your life. Its important to understand the warning signs of breast cancer, your risk of breast cancer and what’s normal for you so that you can take action if there are any changes.

– 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.
– Breast cancer occurs almost entirely in women, but men can also get it – although this is rare.
– Breast cancer risks increase with age, family history and certain genetic mutations, but there are also ways to decrease the risk, such as maintaining a healthy weight, exercising and limiting alcohol intake.
– In 2020, 11.7% of all cancers diagnosed were female breast cancer, making it the most common cancer worldwide.

Sadly, not all breast cancer cases are preventable. However, studies have shown that by making changes to your lifestyle, you can reduce your chances of getting breast cancer.

Healthy breasts come in all shapes, sizes and densities. Checking your breasts for any unusual changes can help discover breast cancer early. Its important to recognise when somethings not right.

If you find changes that are not normal for you, its best to see a GP as soon as possible.

For more information surrounding breast cancer, please head over to Macmillan Cancer Support or Breast Cancer Now.

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