How to examine your breasts
It is probably a good idea to set aside a bit of time every month to check your breasts. Women of all ages should be 'breast aware' and get to know their breasts and what is normal for them.
We recommend that just before a bath or a shower, you should ideally stand before a mirror and look at the outline of the breasts. Then, slowly raise your hands above your head to make sure that the contours of the breast remain smooth and there is no dimpling or tethering of the skin. Whilst washing, use soap or shower gel on your hands and feel the breast tissue as you wash. Try to gently massage all areas of the breast with small circular movements and ensure that you also feel up into the armpit on both sides as the breast extends into that area too. Raising your arm helps with this part of the examination. Don't forget to inspect your nipples for rashes and keep an eye on the inside of your bra or your nightclothes for spontaneous nipple discharge.
Breast Cancer represented
of all new cancer cases in 2017 and is the most common cancer in women, globally
In UK women, around
new cases of breast cancer were diagnosed in 2017
of breast cancers were in women under 50, between 2015-2017
of breast cancers occurred in women over 75 between 2015-2017
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