Breakthrough Breast Cancer shares with us the startling news that many women are oblivious to the signs of breast cancer.
This month on Lorraine, as we turn pink for October and launch our Bin Your Bra campaign, we want to make sure that all women are more breast aware and know how to check themselves.
A new YouGov survey has revealed that without prompting, 94 per cent of British women cannot name five common signs and symptoms of breast cancer.
While 84 per cent surveyed correctly mentioned a lump as one of the signs and symptoms of breast cancer, the survey of 1,000 women – which coincides with the beginning of Breast Cancer Awareness month – reveals that there is still a long way to go to encourage British women to be breast aware.
Only nine per cent of women said they would feel ‘very confident’ that they would notice a change when checking their breasts. And, despite the disease killing around 1,000 women in the UK each month, 45 per cent do not check their breasts regularly with more than half of these women saying it's because they simply forget.
This year Breakthrough is urging women to text SIGNS to 70500 to receive their free, pocket-sized TLC guide. Breakthrough’s TLC push is supported by Michelle Heaton, who had a preventative double mastectomyin 2012 after discovering she carried the faulty BRCA2 gene, and four-time Olympian Donna Fraser, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009.
This year Breakthrough are encouraging us to bake all things pink to raise money to help beat breast cancer in their Great Pink Bake Off. Find out more.
The five most common signs are:
- A lump
- A change to skin texture
- A rash or crusting
- A change in appearance of the nipple
- Nipple discharge