Breast Care

Whatever your age, size or shape it’s important to take care of your breasts.

Being breast aware is an important part of caring for your body. It means getting to know how your breasts look and feel, so you know what is normal for you. You can then feel more confident about noticing any unusual changes.

How do I check my breasts?

There’s no right or wrong way to check your breasts. Try to get used to looking at and feeling your breasts regularly. You can do this in the bath or shower, when you use body lotion, or when you get dressed.

Remember to check all parts of your breast, your armpits and up to your collarbone.

The breast awareness 5-point code

  • Know what is normal for you
  • Know what changes to look and feel for
  • Look and feel
  • Report any changes to your GP without delay
  • Attend routine breast screening if you are aged 50 or over

Have you noticed something different about your breast?

Are you worried you may have breast cancer?

Being breast aware means noticing any changes that occur in the breast and having them checked out by a doctor with out delay. It is important to remember that most changes that occur in the breast are part of normal breast development.

However if you are not sure about the changes in your breast or you notice something new it is always best to see your doctor to have this checked out.

To pick up potential problems at the earliest possible opportunity, you need to be aware of any changes in your breasts, which you can see in the images below.