Be Breast Aware

Be Breast Aware

Please be advised that this is general advise not medical advise, if you require medical advise you should seek guidance from your medical practitioner.

There is no step by step guide on how to check your breasts, every woman's breasts are different in terms of size, shape and consistency. But here are our tips to make sure that you've got everything you need to find your way.

Firstly it is important to get used to how your breasts feel at different times of the month. This can change during your menstrual cycle. For example, some women have tender and lumpy breasts, especially near the armpit, around the time of their period.

5-Point Plan for Being Breast Aware

  • Know what's normal for you
  • Look at your breasts and feel them
  • Know what changes to look for
  • Report any changes without delay
  • Attend routine screening if you're 50 or over

How to Check Your Breasts?

Look at your breasts and feel each breast and armpit, and up to your collarbone. You may find it easiest to do this in the shower or bath, by running a soapy hand over each breast and up under each armpit.

You can also look at your breasts in the mirror. Look with your arms by your side and also with them raised.

Breast Changes to Look Out for

It is advised that you see your GP if you notice any of the following changes:

  • A change in the size, outline or shape of your breast
  • A change in the look or feel of your skin, such as puckering or dimpling
  • A new lump, thickening or bumpy area in one breast or armpit that is different from the same area on the other side
  • Nipple discharge that's not milky
  • Bleeding from your nipple
  • A moist, red area on your nipple that doesn't heal easily
  • Any change in nipple position, such as your nipple being pulled in or pointing differently
  • A rash on or around your nipple

It is so important to examine your breasts because remember, the earlier cancer is detected - the higher the survival rate.

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