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Stand in front of a mirror

Lets begin your breast check! Pop your top off and stand in front of a mirror, this will help you to check your breasts and be able to have a really good look around. It will also help you to compare one breast to another.

 

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Raise your arms above your head

Your breasts can change throughout your life so it is important to check your breasts at least once a month. Ideally 1 week after your period.

While facing the mirror raise both arms above your head. Your breasts are naturally asymmetrical but you want to look for any visible changes. Have they changed in size recently? Has a breast got lower? Have a look at the nipple does it look any different to normal? Are there any signs of a rash or discharge?

 

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Put your hands on your hips

Now put your hands on your hips and push in so you are pressing the muscle underneath.

You’re then going to do the same visual checks as before, have they changed in size recently? Has a breast got lower? Have a look at the nipple does it look any different to normal? Are there any signs of a rash or discharge?

You also need to be aware of how they feel, are they recently sore of become sensitive?

If YES Click Here

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Feel around the Breast

Now it’s time to start feeling around the breasts. Starting one at a time and using the palm of your hand, roll your flat hand in a clockwise motion around the breast, making sure that you feel all the way around.

We’d like you to repeat this twice for each breast working your way inwards towards the nipple, feeling for any unusual lumps of bumps or even thickening of the tissue, making sure you cover the whole breast.

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Feel your breasts in a clockwise movement

A good way to remember to check all the way around the breast is to imagine that it is a face of a clock.

Start at 12 o’clock and work your way around to 3 o’clock, 6 o’clock, 9 o’clock and back to 12 o’clock. This way you’ll ensure that you don’t miss any part out.

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Does your skin look like orange peel?

One of the signs and symptoms of breast cancer is a texture that looks similar to the skin of an orange.

Your skin may look dimpled and if this is a recent change you need to move onto the next step below.

If YES Click Here

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Has one of your nipples changed?

Have a good look at your nipples…
Has one changed shape or position?

Has one become inverted (pointing inwards)?
Do you see any signs of discharge?

If yes and this is a RECENT CHANGE you need to move onto the next step below.

If YES Click Here

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Do you notice a change in shape?

Have a look at your breasts, has one of them become larger or lower recently?

If yes and this is a RECENT CHANGE you need to move onto the next step below.

If YES Click Here

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Check around the armpit area

Your breast tissue actually continues up around your armpit and neck, so make sure you have a good look and feel in these areas too.

If yes and this is a RECENT CHANGE you need to move onto the next step below.

If YES Click Here

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Do you have any pain or discomfort?

Have your noticed any pain or constant discomfort around the breast area? Is there any swelling, redness or even a rash?

If yes and this is a RECENT CHANGE you need to move onto the next step below.

If YES Click Here

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Check your breasts once a month!

It is important to check your breasts regularly. We usually advise once a month and ideally a week after your period.

The reason we advise to check every month is so you can always check ‘like for like’. Your breasts change throughout your life so the more aware you are of how they look and feel the better.

10 minutes of your time a month could save your life!

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Men get breast cancer too!

Yes that’s right… around 400 men a year get breast cancer in the UK alone.

It is really important that men realise that although it is more common in women (currently affecting 1 in 8) it doesn’t mean that men shouldn’t check. Follow the step by step guide in the same way and no matter what…if you find anything…GET IT CHECKED OUT!

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Inflammatory breast cancer

This maybe a lesser known form of breast cancer, but sadly it can also be life threatening.

While performing your monthly breast check please be aware that you react to any of the signs and symptoms.
This includes a rapid onset of swelling or redness that affects a third or more of the breast. The skin may appear bruised, pitted skin resembling orange peel, rapid increase of breast size, heaviness, burning and swollen lymph nodes under the arm and/or near the collarbone.

If you notice any of these symptoms the quicker you act the better.