Women’s Health Week: How well do you know your breasts?
Monday, 26 October · 2 min read

Being ‘breast aware’ — or knowing how your breasts look and feel — is important to help you spot any changes that may need medical attention.

Every woman’s breasts are unique, so it's about knowing what’s normal for you. And it's worth getting to know how your breasts feel at different times of the month.

While it’s unlikely that any changes you see could be cancer, spotting them early and getting them checked by a doctor will improve the chances of any treatment being a success.

Read the tips section below to find out how to check your breasts properly.

But remember that while some changes — such as swelling, tenderness or lumps around your monthly period — are normal, you should see a doctor if you notice any of the following:

  • changes to the shape or size of a breast
  • dimpling of the skin
  • a bump or lump in 1 breast that isn’t in the other breast
  • discharge from the nipple that’s clear (watery) or has blood in it
  • redness or a rash on or around the nipple
  • a change in the position of the nipple
  • pain in 1 breast only

Many countries offer screening programmes, particularly for older women, to help find breast cancers early. Speak to a doctor about the options available to you.

Quote of the day

There can be life after breast cancer. The prerequisite is early detection.

Ann Jillian, actress

How to check your breasts