13/10/2010 06:27 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 06:12 BST

Become Breast Aware

We should always be aware of our breasts, we should know how to check them and know what dangerous signs to look out for. But many of us don't. October is breast cancer awareness month so MyDaily have teamed up with the charity Breast Cancer Care for the all the facts and the comprehensive guide on how to check yourself properly.,feedConfig,localizationConfig,entry&id=938535&pid=938534&uts=1285918174

Breast Cancer: The Facts

Breast cancer is now the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the UK, with nearly 46,000 new cases being diagnosed each year.

- The majority of breast cancers are diagnosed in women, but approximately 300 men are also diagnosed with breast cancer in the UK each year.

- Someone is diagnosed with breast cancer every 11 minutes in the UK.

Breast Cancer: The Facts

80 of cases are a result of family history.

Deodorants can cause breast cancer:
- There is no hard evidence to prove or disprove this myth, which has caused unnecessary distress for a lot of women.

Wearing an underwired bra can cause breast cancer:
- There is no evidence to support this.

Having a pierced nipple can cause breast cancer:
- There is no evidence to support this.

Breast Cancer: The Facts

Many risk factors, such as getting older are outside of your control. However there are some lifestyle changes which may help to reduce your risk of developing breast cancer:

- Keeping your weight within healthy limits and eating healthily, especially after the menopause

- Taking regular exercise and keeping active

- Limiting the amount of alcohol you drink.

Breast Cancer: The Facts

Breast Cancer Care is there for anyone affected by breast cancer. They bring people together, provide information and support, and campaign for improved standards of care.

- By using their understanding of people's experience of breast cancer and their clinical expertise in everything they do.

Visit Breast Cancer Care or call 0808 800 6000

Breast Cancer: The Facts