Self checks are so im­por­tant, fol­low our step-by-step guide:

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You can help de­tect an early di­ag­no­sis by at­tend­ing breast screen­ing ap­point­ments, when in­vited, and car­ry­ing out reg­u­lar self-checks so you are able to spot any changes or ab­nor­mal­i­ties as early as pos­si­ble. Here is your step-by-step guide to self-check­ing:

1 Look at your­self in the mir­ror with your shoul­der straight and your arms on your hips. Check all parts of your breast, your armpits and up to your col­lar­bone for changes.

2 Raise your arms and look for the same changes.

3 Next, feel your breasts when ly­ing down. Use a cir­cu­lar mo­tion to check for ab­nor­mal­i­ties. Best time to do this is mid­way through your cy­cle, as of­ten breasts as more ‘lumpy’ and sen­si­tive be­fore/dur­ing your pe­riod.

4 It’s not just lumps you should be look­ing for, there are other tell-tale ll-tale signs that could in­di­cateindi­cat you have breast cancer in­clud­ing: change in the shape or size of nip­ple or breast; puck­er­ing or or­ange peel ef­fect on your breast; red­ness­d­ness or a rash on the nip­ple; pain in the armpit and/ or breast; in­verted nip­ple; dis­charge from nip­ple; and swelling in the armpit or col­lar­bone. Re­mem­ber: Not all lumps are breast cancer and not all breast can­cers are lumps.

Breast cancer is the most com­monly-di­ag­nosed cancer in women

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