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:
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