STAFF at Barnsley Hospital want to urge the public to get symptoms of cancer checked as soon as possible in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The month runs throughout October and aims to provide awareness of breast cancer and its symptoms, that can effect both men and women.

Breast cancer has a higher chance of successful treatment if symptoms are caught early and specialists at the hospital want to urge people to visit their GP if you notice a change.

Common breast cancer signs and symptoms include:

  • a lump or swelling in the breast, upper chest or armpit – you might feel the lump but not see it

  • a change to the skin, such as puckering or dimpling

  • a change in the colour of the breast – the breast may look red or inflamed

  • a change to the nipple, for example it has become pulled in (inverted)

  • rash or crusting around the nipple

  • any unusual liquid (discharge) from either nipple

  • changes in size or shape of the breast

Kate Widdowson, lead breast care specialist nurse, said: “We do want to reassure people that the Breast Unit is still operational and seeing patients referred by their GP with breast symptoms.

“We also want to emphasise how important it is to see your GP as soon as possible if you notice any unusual changes in your breasts.”

To check your breasts employ the TLC method:

  • Touch your breasts: can you feel anything unusual?

  • Look for changes: does anything look different?

  • Check any changes with your GP