Breast Awareness

Whatever your age, size or shape it’s important to take care of your breasts. Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women, so it’s important to look after your breasts by being breast aware.

Being breast aware is an important part of caring for your body. It means getting to know how your breasts look and feel, so you know what is normal for you. You can then feel more confident about noticing any unusual changes.

Breast changes are not usually accompanied by other physical symptoms, so even if you feel well it is still important to visit your GP and get any changes checked out.

There’s no right or wrong way to check your breasts. Try to get used to looking and feeling your breasts regularly. You can do this in the bath or shower, when you use body lotion, or when you get dressed. There’s really no need to change your everyday routine. Just decide what you are comfortable with and what suits you best.  Remember to check all parts of your breast, your armpits and up to your collarbone.

The breast awareness 5-point code

  1. You should know what is normal for you.
  2. Know what changes to look for.
  3. Look and feel.
  4. Tell your GP about any changes straight away.
  5. Go for breast screening when invited.
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