HOW TO DO SELF CHECK-UPS

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Breast tis­sue is nor­mally “lumpy’’, and the lumpi­ness varies be­tween women, so be aware of the nor­mal feel and lumpi­ness of your breasts.

Breast changes that may in­di­cate breast can­cer in­clude:

◗ A new lump or lumpi­ness (that dif­fers to usual breast lumpi­ness or tex­ture of their breast tis­sue), es­pe­cially if it’s only in one breast

◗ A sud­den or new change in the size or shape of the breast

◗ A change to the nip­ple, such as crust­ing, ul­cer­a­tion, red­ness or in­ver­sion

◗ A nip­ple dis­charge that oc­curs with­out squeez­ing

◗ A change in the skin of the breast such as red­ness or dim­pling

◗ An un­usual pain that doesn’t go away, es­pe­cially if it’s only in one breast

There are a num­ber of con­di­tions that may cause these symp­toms, not just breast can­cer, so it’s best to see your doc­tor for fur­ther ad­vice.

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