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Posted 8 January 2019
Did you know nine in 10 women who are diagnosed with breast cancer have no family history of the disease? And it’s the most common cancer in women after non-malignant skin cancer.
When did you last check your breasts?
Women of all ages should regularly check the look and feel of their breasts. Self-breast checks are quick, easy and should be part of your regular healthcare routine.
The two step breast check
STEP ONE: Look in the mirror with hands on hips. Raise your arms above your head, then lower them and look to see if there are any changes in the appearance of your breasts.
STEP TWO: Use the flat part of your fingers and the finger pads. Feel near the surface, and deeper in the breast.
Remember to feel all the breast tissue, from the collarbone to below the bra line and under the armpit.
What to look and feel for
See a doctor immediately if you see or feel any of these changes:
- A lump or lumpiness or thickness in your breast
- Changes in skin, dimpling, puckering or redness
- Any changes in appearance or size of your breasts
- Changes in the nipple including discharge or a change in the direction of your nipple
- Any pain
- An area that feels different from the rest of your breasts
Source: Cancer Council SA