When to check
Examine your breasts once a month preferably immediately after the end of your period. If you do not have periods, make sure to examine on the same day each month.
How to check
First, stand in front of a mirror, hands by your side and look closely for any changes.
8 signs to check for:
- Any unusual change in the shape or size of one of your breasts.
- If one breast has changed and become lower than the other.
- Changes in skin color or a rash around the nipple.
- Puckering or dimpling of the skin.
- A nipple that has become pulled in or changed its position or shape (retraction of the nipples is normal in some women).
- A lump or thickening within the breast or armpit.
- Discharge from one nipple or both.
- Constant pain in one part of the breast.
Feel around the breast with the tip of your index finger. If you feel a lump, remove your finger and if you can find the exact spot again without searching for it…get your doctor to check it out.
Take the first step to breast awareness
Nobody knows your breasts like you do. By looking at and feeling your breasts regularly, you will become familiar with them and the usual changes that occur. You will get used to how your breasts feel during the month and be able to detect any differences in their appearance or texture. If you find anything unusual, contact your doctor for an immediate appointment. The earlier breast cancer is detected, the greater the chance of successful treatment and a cure.
Remember 9 out of 10 breast lumps are not cancer!