It’s SO important you check your boobs regularly to detect any early signs of breast cancer and potentially save your life. Early breast cancer symptoms might not always show, but it’s important to know your breasts inside and out so even the smallest change is noticeable! Nobody knows your body better than you, get checking those boobs ladies 🙌
First things first, the top 6 things to look for:
- Changes in surface or skin
- An increase in size or change in shape of breast lumps
- A lump or swelling in the armpit
- Changes in position of the nipple
- Fluid leaking from the nipple
- Breast pain
But, how do you check properly?
From your armpit, across and beneath your boobs, and up to your collarbone. Be aware of any changes in size, outline or shape and changes in skin such as puckering or dimpling.
The area from your armpit, across and beneath your boobs, and up to your collarbone.
Tip: If you are able, you may find it easier to feel with your arms both raised and down by your sides or lying down! Be aware of any changes in skin such as puckering or dimpling, or any lumps, bumps or skin thickening which are different from the opposite side.
- Check your nipples
Be aware of any nipple discharge that’s not milky, any bleeding from the nipple, any rash or crusting on or around your nipple area that doesn’t heal easily, and any change in the position of your nipple.
- Check regularly!
Catching any signs of breast cancer early can save your life more than you realise. So, checking regularly is so important after all, nobody knows your body better than you.
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