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How To Check Your Boobs

October is breast cancer awareness month, an annual campaign to raise awareness of breast cancer and the impact it has on women and their family's all over the world.
One of the ways of detecting breast cancer early is to regularly check your boobs for any lumps, bumps, skin changes and breast shape changes.
It can be an important way to find breast cancer early, when it’s more likely to be treated successfully. 40% of diagnosed breast cancers are detected by women who feel a lump.
While no single test can detect all breast cancers early, Breastcancer.org  believes that checking your boobs in combination with other screening methods can increase the odds of early detection.

What are the symptoms of breast cancer?

 Signs and symptoms of breast cancer include: 

  • A lump or swelling in the breast, upper chest or armpit
  • A change to the skin, such as puckering or dimpling
  • A change in the colour of the breast – the breast may look red or inflamed
  • A nipple change, for example it has become pulled in (inverted)
  • Rash or crusting around the nipple
  • Unusual liquid (discharge) from either nipple
  • Changes in size or shape of the breast

On its own, pain in your boobs is not usually a sign of breast cancer. But look out for pain in your breast or armpit that’s there all or almost all the time.

Although rare, men can ger breast cancer. The most common symptom of breast cancer in men is a lump in the chest area.

 See your GP if you notice a change.

Most breast changes, including breast lumps, are not cancer. But the sooner breast cancer is found, the more successful treatment is likely to be.  

Get any new or unusual changes checked by a GP. 

How to check your breasts

 There’s no special way to check your breasts and you do not need any training. 

Checking your breasts is as easy as TLC:

  • Touch your breasts: can you feel anything new or unusual?
  • Look for changes: does anything look different to you?
  • Check any new or unusual changes with a GP

Everyone will have their own way of touching and looking for changes. 

Get used to checking regularly and be aware of anything that’s new or different for you.

Check your whole breast area, including up to your collarbone (upper chest) and armpits.

See your GP if you notice a change.

So TOPS OFF everyone and get to know your boobs or pecks as well as you know your face.

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