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As Sarah Beeny shares breast cancer update – the 5 surprising symptoms to watch for

TV presenter Sarah Beeny has shared an update on her devastating breast cancer as she undergoes treatment in hospital.

The 51-year-old star has been undergoing treatment at both the Royal Marsden and Yeovil hospitals for the illness, according to her sons.

Sarah Beeny

Sarah has issued an update from hospital[/caption]

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Sarah began treatment last year after her breast cancer diagnosis in August
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Sarah, famed for presenting a several popular property programmes, began chemotherapy treatment last year after her breast cancer diagnosis in August.

In an Instagram post, her four sons shared a pictured of their mum in a hospital bed covered in what they called ‘tattoos,

The ‘tattoos’ in question were a series of markings ahead of her latest procedure in hospital.

Her boys, who are members of the indie band named The Entitled Sons, wrote: “Mum finally got some tattoos!

“Thank you so much to @rovalmarsdennhs and @yeovil_hospital_nhs for taking such amazingly brilliant care of her. #tatoo #mum.”

One in eight women – and almost one in 800 men – will develop breast cancer in their lifetime, according to Cancer Research UK.

And each year, around 11,500 women and 85 men die from the disease.

What are the 5 surprising symptoms I should know

1. An inverted nipple

Some people naturally have inverted nipples, which is absolutely fine.

But in some cases, an inverted nipple can indicate something is wrong.

Carolyn Rogers, senior clinical nurse specialist at Breast Cancer Care, told The Sun : “If your nipple suddenly starts to be pulled inwards, or changes its shape or position in any way, then it could be a warning sign.”

2. Itchy nipple

Itchy nipples are normal and are usually nothing to worry about.

But it sometimes can be a sign of a rare breast cancer, known as Paget’s disease, according to the NHS.

The cancer usually begins in the nipple and spreads  extends to the surrounding skin, called the areola – nipple itching is a key symptom.

3. Your boobs look really veiny

It is normal to be able to see your veins on your breasts.

But if one becomes more prominent and continues to grow you should see a GP.

A growing vein could be a sign that cancer is blocking a blood vessel, according to Cancer Research.

4. Swelling around the armpit or collarbone

Lumps are the most common sign of breast cancer but they don’t always appear in the breast.

Sometimes they can appear higher up, or further to the side, and cause swelling around the collarbone or armpits.

“Breast tissue can be found under the armpits and up to the collarbone, so you may notice an unusual swelling in these areas,” explained Carolyn.

So make sure you check all around the breast and surrounding area when you check your boobs each month.

5. Nipple discharge

If liquid comes from the nipple without squeezing it, it is important to get it checked by a doctor.

“We know from speaking to people on the Breast Cancer Care helpline that this can be a confusing one,” said Carolyn.

“But, if it’s not normal for you, then mention it to your GP.”

Source of data and images: thesun

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