Thanks for your post here on the Ask Our Nurses thread.
We encourage everyone to be breast aware to enable them to spot any signs of breast cancer. Being breast aware means getting to know what your breasts look and feel like normally (for you). This will then give you the confidence to notice and report any changes that are new and different for you to your doctor.
Breast changes can happen for many reasons though. They may be part of normal development, hormonal changes as part of your monthly cycle (period) or due to benign conditions (not cancer). You’ll probably find your breasts change quite a bit throughout your life.
This information about what types of changes to look for should help you. For more detail you can also read our booklet Know your breasts: a guide to breast awareness and screening.
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It's that time of year where I keep hearing about people close to my friends dying, many of cancer. After discussing with a good friend we both realised, that although we're **bleep** scared of getting cancer, neither of us knew how to tell if we may have it or not. The scariest part is, that of the recent deaths, all of them were within 10 days to 6 weeks of diagnosis. And one sure as hell doesn't want to find out that they only have a week of life left with their family and kids!
So, what are the early signs of cancer, how do you know if you may or may not have it?
Particularly interested in testicular, bowl/colon, lung, and throat. But any notes welcomed. I feel this info is pretty damn important for most people to know, so share what you have, please.