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Women too scared to check for breast cancer

A THIRD of women do not check their breasts for possible cancerous tumours because they are scared of what they might find, research suggests.

And only one in 10 women who regularly check their breasts said they do so because they are scared of getting the disease, a survey found.

More than half (55pc) said they would be more likely to check their breasts if it was integrated into their grooming routine, according to the Avon Breast Promise report, which surveyed 2,000 UK women.

Separate research from Breakthrough Breast Cancer suggests only 2pc of women can name five warning signs of breast cancer.

The YouGov survey of 1,000 women also found that fewer than half (45pc) of women check their breasts regularly, with the most common reason among those who do not being that they simply forget (57pc).

Dr Sarah Rawlings, head of policy at Breakthrough Breast Cancer, said: "We already know that early diagnosis saves lives and that's why it's vital that every woman knows what to look for."

She added: "One thousand women die every month from breast cancer. This is something that is just too important to forget."

The five most common signs are:

•A lump

• A change to skin texture

•A rash or crusting

•A change in appearance of nipple

• Nipple discharge

Breakthrough Breast Cancer ambassador Dr Hilary Jones said: "Many women don't check their breasts because they don't think they are at risk, they don't know what signs and symptoms they are looking for, or they simply forget."

A guide to what to look for which can be obtained by texting TLC to 84424