Many women may be increasing their likelihood of needing cancer treatment by not being fully aware of the signs and symptoms of breast cancer, a charity has claimed.
According to Breakthrough Breast Cancer, there is a great deal of confusion surrounding the issue, with the majority of women looking for incorrect warning signals and potentially missing the actual signs of the disease.
The charity's latest research shows that one in ten people do not realise that inversion of a nipple may be of concern, while just 14 per cent know to look out for changes in the skin on their breasts.
"It's clear that despite breast cancer now being the most common cancer in the UK, women remain extremely confused about what they should be looking out for - with their focus still very much on feeling for breast lumps," said chief executive Jeremy Hughes.
The survey also revealed that a quarter of women believe a persistent cough to be a sign of breast cancer. While this may signal others forms of the disease, experts insist that it is not one of the range of signs that women need to look out for in relation to breast cancer.
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