6 February 2020

Responding to a new global study (published in the journal 'Body Image') that found women who are dissatisfied with their breast size are also less likely to check their breasts, Baroness Delyth Morgan, Chief Executive at Breast Cancer Now, the research and care charity said:

"It’s concerning to hear that women who would prefer to have larger breasts may be slightly less likely to check themselves regularly for any potential signs and symptoms of breast cancer.

"There are a number of reasons why many women do not check their breasts regularly and we need to support more people to make breast checking part of their lives. Many simply forget, but it’s important for us to be aware that body confidence may also play a role for some. It’s vital we ensure that all women, whatever their age, are checking regularly as the sooner breast cancer is diagnosed, the more effective treatment may be.

"There's no special way, it's as simple as TLC: Touch, Look, Check – and the main thing is you keep doing it. Getting to know your breasts and what's normal for you means it's easier to spot any unusual changes, like a lump, dimpling or puckering of the skin of the breast, nipple discharge, or a rash. Most breast changes won’t be cancer but it’s important to report anything different or new to your doctor and get it checked out.

"Anyone concerned about breast cancer or looking for support and information can call our free Helpline on 0808 800 6000 to speak to one of nurses."