In the UK one person is diagnosed with breast cancer every ten minutes, while one in eight women will develop in their lifetime.
Most women who have it are over 50, but it is possible for younger women to suffer too.
Men can also develop it, with one in 1000 being affected in their lifetime.
While breast cancer survival has doubled in the last 40 years in the UK, there are still steps people can take to lower their risk.
According to the NHS, it is vital women check their breasts regularly for any changes and always get any changes examined by their GP.
Michael Green, a consultant oncoplastic breast surgeon at Ramsay Healthcare UK, told Express.co.uk: “It’s about being aware of what is normal for an individual and confident in noticing any changes, including the normal hormonal changes with a woman’s period.”
As the likelihood of getting breast cancer increases with age, all women who are aged 50 to 70 and registered with a GP are automatically invited for breast cancer screening every three years.
There are nine breast cancer symptoms, however, you should never ignore and if you are worried see a GP immediately.
You should look out for any changes in the shape of the nipple.
It is normal for them to swell throughout your menstrual cycle, or when you are pregnant and breastfeeding.
A new lump that doesn’t go away after your next period could be a sign.
“Breast lumps are the most common sign of breast cancer – although most breast lumps are not cancer – and this symptom is also the most ignored,” said Green.
“Breast pain with no other symptoms or signs is very rarely, if ever, a symptom of breast cancer.
“We do see some women with painful lumps, and very occasionally the lump turns out to be cancer.”
According to the NHS, 90 per cent of breast lumps aren’t cancerous, but it;s always best to have them checked by your GP.
A symptom could be discharge from one breast.
According to the NHS, the discharge could be bloodstained.
It could also be milky, clear, yellow, green or brown, and the consistency can vary from thick to watery.
Unexplained redness, swelling, skin irritation, itchiness, or rash on the breast could also be a sign.
There is also a rare skin conmdition, Paget’s disease of the breast, that can be an indicator of an underlying breast cancer.
Cancer Research UK state: ” The symptoms are a red, scaly rash on the breast. It can be itchy and looks a bit like eczema.”
You should pay attention to swelling or a lump around the collarbone or under the arm.
This could be when breast cancer has spread to the lymph nodes in those areas.
Inward turning of nipple
Retraction or an inward turning nipple could be a symptom.
The NHS described this as: “A change in the appearance of your nipple, such as becoming sunken into your breast.”
There could be an enlargement of one breast.
Breast cancer can cause either sudden or gradual asymmetrical changes in breast size.
Many people naturally have breasts that are slightly different sizes – it is if this changes that you should seek medical attention.
Dimpling or tethering – a small dent on the skin – of the breast surface especially when you lift your arms above you head.
This should be easily observed when standing in front of a mirror.
Orange peel texture
A dimpling on the breast skin that looks like orange peel could be a sign.
It could be symptom of a rare Inflammatory Breast Cancer in particular.