Whether you’re waiting for the kettle to boil, flicking through the ads or waiting on your toast to pop, that’s all the time you’ll need to check your breasts.
Checking your breasts is quick and easy, and doing it regularly means you’ll notice any unusual changes as early as possible.
Why should I check my breasts?
More women are surviving breast cancer than ever before and the earlier breast cancer is diagnosed, the better the chance it can be treated successfully.
That’s why it’s important to check your breasts and go to your doctor if you spot anything unusual – you won’t be wasting their time, even if it turns out to be nothing.
Some changes to feel and look for, include:
- the shape or size of your breast - e.g. one breast might become larger than the other
- skin texture - this might be puckering or dimpling to the skin of the breast
- the colour of your breast - the breast may look red or inflamed
- change in nipples - e.g. one nipple might become inverted (turned in) when it normally points out
- nipple discharge - any unusual discharge from either nipple
- rash or crusting - rash or crusting of the nipple or surrounding area
- a lump or swelling in your armpit, upper chest or breast - you might be able to feel a lump, but not see it.
How often should I check?
Making checking part of your regular routine, like when you’re sitting down with a cuppa, while you’re in the shower, or when you’re setting your morning alarm, means you won’t forget to check your breasts every month or so.
Want to know more?
Find out more about the signs and symptoms of breast cancer.
Help us spread the word
Now that you’re all geared up to check your breasts regularly, help us to get more women checking their breasts regularly.