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Breast awareness - signs of cancer

Breast awareness is about becoming familiar with how your breasts look and feel, whatever your age, so that you can increase your chances of spotting breast cancer symptoms early.

Your breasts may change at different times during the month and as you get older, but if you are breast aware, you will be able to recognise if a change is ‘normal for you’ or not.

Breast awareness helps you to know what changes to look for in your breasts. If you experience any unusual changes such as a breast lump, that you feel may be a sign of breast cancer, you should seek medical advice.

Examples of breast changes to look out for include:

  • A breast lump or thickening in the breast which is different to the rest of the breast tissue.

  • Continuous breast pain in one part of the breast or armpit.

  • One breast becomes larger or lower than the other breast.

  • A nipple becomes inverted or changes shape or position.

  • Changes in the skin of your breasts including puckering or dimpling.

  • Swelling under the armpit or around the collarbone.

  • A rash on or around the nipple.

  • Discharge from one or both nipples.

Remember the breast awareness five-point code:

  1. Know what is normal for you.

  2. Look at and feel your breasts to look for changes.

  3. Know what changes (such as breast lumps or thickening) to look for.

  4. Report any changes to your GP or breast specialist without delay.

  5. Have routine breast screening if you are aged 47 and over.

If you are concerned that you may be developing breast cancer symptoms or are worried in any way about changes in your breasts, contact your GP in the first instance.

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