There are many reasons why someone might not check their breasts but doing so could make all the difference. Get to know your breasts with some TLC - Touch, Look, Check.

Learn what to look out for

Felt or seen anything new or unusual? If so, contact your GP and get it checked out.

There are many reasons why we may not check our breasts

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Checking your breasts only takes a few minutes and everyone will have their own way of touching and looking for changes. Whether it's in the bath, shower or before going to bed, checking for signs and symptoms is as easy as TLC.

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Building new habits can take time. Checking as part of your self care routine, setting a reminder on your phone or making a note on your calendar can help.

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You might feel scared to check, but remember: the sooner breast cancer is found, the more successful treatment is likely to be. Find out about what to look and feel for.

Bami, a Black woman with braided hair and bright coral-coloured eyeshadow, smiles while wearing a white top
There is stigma, too, because we are talking about breasts. In some communities, you don’t speak about these things. You don’t speak about cancer. But not talking about it doesn’t stop people from getting it.

- Bami

Anyone can be affected by breast cancer

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Around 6,000 women aged 45 or younger are diagnosed with breast cancer in the UK each year. Read their stories.

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Many people don’t know that men can get breast cancer because they don’t think of men as having breasts. But men do have a small amount of breast tissue. Listen to Tony's podcast, on being a man with breast cancer.

Many different things can affect your chances of getting breast cancer.

Many different things can affect your chances of getting breast cancer. It results from a combination of the way we live our lives, our genes, and our environment. Find out about the causes of breast cancer.

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It’s only since transitioning that I’ve really paid much attention to the importance of checking my breasts. It’s not really something that gets talked about much in the trans community, but it really should be.

- Sarah

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