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The Importance of Breast Awareness

The key to being breast aware is getting to know your own breasts – knowing how they normally look and feel is really important as it will help you to notice any changes that may happen.

In order to be in the best position to notice any changes, it's important to get to know your breasts and to know what is normal for you (everyone is different). Here's our guide to being 'Breast Aware' and what to check for.

This guide has been produced with guidance from the charity Against Breast Cancer.

Being Breast Aware

  • Being ‘breast aware’ means getting to know your breasts.
  • Remember that most breast changes are not cancer.
  • Becoming familiar with your breasts and how they normally look and feel ensures early detection and treatment.
  • Make ‘breast awareness’ part of your monthly routine in the bath/shower or when dressing.

Check For:

  • Size and shape: If one breast becomes larger, changes shape or position.
  • Nipples: Drawing in, discharge or bleeding.
  • Rashes: On or around the nipple, also unexplained scabs.
  • Skin changes: Dimpling or puckering, changes to the surface of the breast.
  • Swelling, lumps or thickening to the breast area, under the armpit or around the collarbone (the lymph nodes).

If you notice anything unusual or are worried, go to your GP.

Remember the Five Point Code

  1. Know what is normal for you.
  2. Know the changes to look and feel for.
  3. Look and feel.
  4. Report any changes to your GP without delay.
  5. Attend regular breast screenings when invited.
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