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Looking after your breasts

Get to know the normal look and feel of your breasts.

You don’t need to be an expert or know a special way to check your breasts. You can do this during your everyday activities like showering, dressing or looking in the mirror.

What should you look out for?

Look for any change in your breasts or nipples such as any:

  • new lump
  • discharge
  • skin change
  • unusual pain

Click here to watch a short video showing the symptoms of breast cancerWarning – images contained in this video clip may upset some viewers.

What should you do if you find a change?

Most breast changes are NOT due to cancer. If you do find a change in your breast that is new or unusual for you, visit your local health centre without delay.

What else can you do?

For women who have no breast changes and are 40 years or over, a free breast screen every 2 years is the best way to find breast cancer early. A breast screen checks your breasts for early signs of cancer by using a special X-ray machine.

To find out more call BreastScreen on 13 20 50 or visit your local health centre.

Download a flyer about breast awareness and early detection

How can you reduce your chances of getting breast cancer?

Having certain risk factors increase your chance of getting breast cancer. Some risk factors for breast cancer include being a woman and getting older having a number of blood relatives with breast cancer. These are risk factors you can’t change.

It is important to remember that having one or more of these risk factors doesn’t mean that you will get breast cancer.

Looking after your overall body health is just one of the ways that you can help reduce your chances of getting breast cancer. You can do this by:

  • Limiting the number of alcoholic drinks: to two or less per day
  • Healthy eating: including fruit and vegetables
  • Maintaining a healthy body weight: through regular brisk exercise a few times a week

Click here to watch a short video about breast cancer myths.