Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2020

Every October marks Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to increase awareness. We have compiled some information below to help you. 

Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in the UK, 1 in 8 women are diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime. Most women diagnosed are over 50, however it can affect younger women too. It is vital that women check their breast regularly for any changes and raise concerns with their GP.

Breast Cancer also occurs in men, although less common. More information about breast cancer in men can be found below.

Signs and Symptoms

Lumps in the breast or thickening breast tissue are the first and most common symptom of breast cancer. But if any of these symptoms are noticed, see your GP straight away.

  • A lump in the breast
  • Thickening of skin or tissue of the breast, or dimpling of the skin
  • A lump or swelling in either armpit
  • A change in the shape of size of the breast, or swelling
  • Inverted nipple
  • Rash on the nipple
  • Discharge or bleeding from nipple
  • Pain or discomfort in breast that doesn’t go away

It is encouraged to check your breasts regularly for changes and it only takes a few minutes. Learn how to check your breasts here.


Don’t know what to expect at a breast clinic appointment? Find out here. 

Breast Cancer and Coronavirus:

It is understandable that those with breast cancer symptoms or those that have or have had breast cancer may be concerned. Breast Cancer Now has lots of information and support available, including information on breast screening and Coronavirus. Read here.

Breast Cancer in Men:

Breast cancer can affect men in rare cases and grows in the small amount of breast tissue behind the nipple. It usually affects men over 60, but can also affect younger men too.

Symptoms include:

  • A lump in the breast
  • the nipple turning inwards
  • fluid oozing from nipple
  • sore or rash around the nipple that doesn’t go away
  • the nipple or surrounding skin becoming hard, red or swollen
  • small bumps in the armpit

More information can be found on the nhs website here.

Local Support Services:

Macmillan Breast Cancer Forum.

Macmillan Support and Information Centre and New Cross Hospital.

Cancer Research Cancer Chat.

Breast Care Action Group (Wolverhampton).


More information and the resources used for this page:

Breast Cancer Now – Free Support Number: 0808 800 6000

Cancer Research UK – Free Support Number: 0808 800 4040

Macmillan – Free Support Number: 0808 808 0000