Dr Roodt’s advice
Regularly examine your breasts yourself – at the same time of the month, in the same position – so you notice changes. Opinions on when to start going for annual clinical examinations and mammograms are varied: UK guidelines say from the age of 50. If you have a family history of breast cancer, start going for clinical examinations from age 35; your GP or breast surgeon will decide when you should start going for mammograms.
Be mindful of what’s going on in your body and your psyche. It’s not just body image – it’s ‘how am I psychologically, spiritually and physically?’