Being Breast Aware

This is important for all women, because if you develop breast cancer and it is found early enough, there is a good chance that it can be treated.

By being familiar with how your breasts normally look and feel, you will be able to identify any changes quickly.

  • Know what is normal for you
  • Know what changes to look and feel for
  • Look and feel your breasts regularly, e.g. at the same time every month
  • Report any changes to your GP or Practice Nurse
  • Attend for routine breast screening if you are aged 50 or over

These are some of the changes to be aware of:

  • Size – If one breast becomes larger or sits lower
  • Nipples – If a nipple becomes inverted (pulled inwards) or changes position or shape
  • Rashes – on or around the nipple
  • Discharge – from one or both nipples
  • Skin changes – Puckering or dimpling or skin like orange peel
  • Swelling – Under the armpit or around the collarbone
  • Pain – Continuous, in one part of the breast or armpit
  • Lump or thickening – different to the rest of the breast tissue


If you notice a change in one or both of your breasts arrange to see your GP or Practice Nurse. Remember that most breast changes are not cancer, even if they need further investigation.

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Wearing the correct bra is important to support your breasts, especially during puberty, pregnancy and as you get older. Many women are wearing the wrong sized bra, which can cause pain and discomfort, sagging breasts and bulges around your bra. Many shops offer a bra fitting service which can be helpful but you should still try before you buy, to ensure the bra is a comfortable fit for you. You should get re-measured if you have lost or gained weight, had a baby or after the menopause.