Published Tuesday, October 24th, 2017 at 15:55 pm
The risk of breast cancer increases with age, however awareness helps to save lives. For this reason we have held a Cups against cancer coffee afternoon to help support the Irish Cancer Society in their fight against cancer.
The aim of the coffee afternoon is to support patients with breast cancer and their families. The donations from the coffee afternoon will help to fund research and support services for breast cancer patients across Ireland as well as help to further increase breast cancer survival rates in Ireland.
Every day in Ireland 8 women are diagnosed with breast cancer. This means that on average over 2800 new cases are diagnosed annually. As breast cancer is the second leading cause of death by cancer in women, it is vitally important for women aged 20 and onwards to check themselves regularly for signs of breast cancer.
While women’s breasts change over time and factors such as hormones, pregnancy and the menopause can all have an effect, there are some warning signs that women should look out for:
- Puckering of the skin of the breast
- A lump in the breast or armpit
- A change in the skin around the nipple or nipple discharge
- Dimpling of the nipple or nipple retraction
- An unusual increase in the size of one breast
- One breast unusually lower than the other. Nipples at different levels.
- An enlargement of the glands
- An unusual swelling in the armpit.
It is important that women check for these signs and symptoms once a month, preferably one week after the end of their period or on the same day every month if they have reached the menopause.