Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers in women. It is still a major killer of thousands of women every year. For that reason it is imperative that breast cancer awareness is kept high profile. Being breast aware is an essential part of caring for your body. It’s a means of getting to know how your breasts look and feel normally, so that if any changes occur you will notice.
Here is a 5 Point Breast Awareness Check List
1. Know what your breasts normally look and feel like
From puberty, through adolescence, childbearing age and menopause your breasts are constantly changing. This occurs because of the different levels of the female hormones oestrogen and progesterone in your body.
Therefore it is crucial that you know what is normal for your breasts.
2. Know what changes to look and feel for:
• A change in shape and size
• A change in skin texture, such as puckering or dimpling (like orange skin)
• A lump or thickening that feels different from the rest of the breast tissue.
• A redness or rash on the skin around or on the nipple
• A swelling in your armpit or around the collarbone
• A discharge from one or both of your nipples
• Constant pain in your breast or armpit
• Your nipple becomes inverted (pulled in) or changes position
3. Look, feel and examine your breasts
If you notice any of the changes in number 2 above you should look, feel and examine your breasts. First look at yourself in the mirror; look for changes that are abnormal. For example: Changes in the size or shape of the breast or nipple, Change in the position or colouring of the nipple and any dimpling (looks like the skin or an orange), denting, or discolouration of the skin. Next, feel your breasts for anything that is not normally there. Feel for any lumps or thickening of the skin around the breast, under the armpit and around the collarbone
4. Make an appointment with your doctor and report the changes you have found. It’s important not to delay as early diagnosis could make all the difference to life expectancy.
5. Attend routine breast screening if you are aged 50 or over.