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It’s im­por­tant to get into a habit of check­ing your breasts reg­u­larly, es­pe­cially as al­most half of all women in the UK ad­mit they some­times for­get to do so, ac­cord­ing to Breast Can­cer Now. The Scot­tish-based char­ity share their top tips on check­ing for any un­usual changes. But re­mem­ber, no one knows your body bet­ter than you and ev­ery­one will have their own way of look­ing for changes – there’s no spe­cial tech­nique and you don’t need any train­ing!


im­por­tant to check the whole breast area, from your up­per chest, in­clud­ing your col­lar­bone and the top of your ab­domen, to the armpits. Many peo­ple for­get about these other ar­eas and changes can often go un­no­ticed. 2Be­gin by look­ing at your breasts in the mir­ror with your shoul­ders straight and your arms at your hips. This will al­low you to see your breasts straight on for any no­tice­able dif­fer­ences. 3Next, raise your arms and use the palm of your hand to feel around. You should be check­ing for any lumps as this can be the first symp­tom of breast can­cer for women. 4Other things to look out for in your breasts can in­clude: Changes to the shape or size of the breast, for ex­am­ple one might be larger or lower than the other. Change to skin tex­ture, which might be puck­er­ing or dim­pling of the skin on the breast. Any changes in colour to your breast, such as be­com­ing red or in­flamed. Nip­ple changes, such as one be­com­ing in­verted, un­usual dis­charge, sore rashes or crust­ing around the area.

Once you’ve checked for any changes, start a jour­nal where you can record the find­ings of your self-ex­ams. This can be as sim­ple as mark­ing down notes about where and when you feel lumps or irregularities, es­pe­cially when you’re be­gin­ning to check your breasts. This may help you re­mem­ber, from month to month, what is “nor­mal” for you. Breast Can­cer Now also urge that it is not un­usual for lumps to ap­pear at cer­tain times of the month but then dis­ap­pear as your body changes. Most im­por­tantly, don’t panic if you do find any­thing un­usual or dif­fer­ent. A lot of changes in breasts turn out not to be can­cer, ac­cord­ing to the char­ity. How­ever, it’s al­ways worth­while get­ting checked out by your doc­tor as soon as pos­si­ble.

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