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