Check your boobs
Make sure you check your boobs! It’s not a military operation… AND it could save your life!
Whatever your age, size or shape it's important to check your boobs. There's no right or wrong way to do it, but the key is knowing how they usually look and feel, so you can spot any changes.
By making your self-check-up part of your normal routine, you’ll catch any changes quickly.
We recommend checking your boobs monthly, but work out what’s best for you, and you’re more likely to stick to it!
How to examine your breasts
Feel each breast and the area around your breasts, your armpits and up to your collarbone. Some people find it easiest to do this in the shower with soapy hands.
Look at them in the mirror both standing with your arms by your side and also with them raised.
Keep an eye out for:
- Changes to the size, outline or shape
- Changes to the look or feel of your skin such as bumps, dimples, orange peel, skin sores or growing veins
- A new lump, thickening or bumpy area in the breast or armpit
- Unexpected fluid or bleeding
- Crusty or sunken nipples or a change in nipple position
- Discomfort or pain in one breast
- An unexplained rash or feelings of heat
- Don’t forget that men get breast cancer too!
If you notice anything unusual or have any concerns about any of the symptoms above, always go and see your GP.
If you're worried about anything and would like to chat to one of our Support Line nurses, call us free on 0808 808 1010.