Six tell-tale signs of breast cancer revealed… and the ultimate DIY guide to checking your breasts


Strictly Come Dancing star Amy Dowden today revealed she has been diagnosed with breast cancer.

The 32-year-old found a lump in her breast the day before going to the Maldives on her honeymoon with husband Ben Jones in April.

She admitted it wasn’t easy to share the shock news which she received last week — but vowed to ‘get back on the dancefloor’.

Amy was diagnosed with grade three breast cancer, a term used to describe when cancer cells look abnormal and doctors fear they may spread more aggressively.

Around 55,000 women and 370 men are diagnosed with breast cancer each year in the UK, says Breast Cancer Now. Meanwhile, roughly 300,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer are diagnosed in women every year in the US.

But not everyone knows how to spot tell-tale symptoms of the disease, which can be vital in boosting survival chances. 

Here, MailOnline shares the six tell-tale warning signs of breast cancer to look out for. 

Lump in the breast

Finding a lump in your breast can be terrifying, especially knowing it’s one of the most common signs of cancer.

But most masses are merely benign and nothing to worry about, Cancer Research UK notes. 

Some lumps are simply cysts buried underneath the skin. Others can be triggered through injuries and infections.

Doctors urge women to be particularly aware of lumps that are painless, hard and irregularly-shaped. Such lumps might not even be visible on the skin itself, yet they can be typically be felt by checking the breasts.


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