Boob check: when to do it and what to look for

Woman checking her breastsEmma Pennery, clinical director at Breast Cancer Care, gives us her advice for checking our boobs. Read on, it could save your life.

Whatever your age, size or shape, it’s important to take care of your breasts. There’s no right or wrong way to check your breasts – the most important thing to do is look at and feel your breasts regularly.

Getting used to looking at yourself in the mirror as well as touch, can be a good way to help you get to know what’s normal for you so you can quickly notice any unusual changes.

It’s important to check all parts of your breast, including your armpits and up to your collarbone.

You should look for any changes in skin texture such as puckering or dimpling, redness or a rash, a change in the position or shape of your nipple, or a change in the size or shape of your breasts.

You should also look and feel for any lumps or thickening, any discharge from your nipples and constant pain or swelling in your breast or armpit.

Making a habit of looking at your breasts in the mirror when you get out of the bath or shower or when getting dressed can be a good way to help you spot any visible changes. This is especially useful if you lift your arms above your head so that you can easily see all parts of your breasts.

The vast majority of breast cancers are found by women (and men) themselves so taking care of your breasts is really important. Most changes won’t turn out to be breast cancer, but don’t be scared of talking to your GP or delay going, as the sooner the diagnosis, the more effective treatment may be.

If you have any questions call Breast Cancer Care’s free, confidential Helpline on 0808 800 6000 or you can find out more at www.breastcancercare.org.uk.

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