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Breast awareness tips

You don't need to be an expert or know a special technique to be breast aware. There's no right or wrong way to be breast aware but it is important. The aim is to be aware of what your breasts normally look and feel like so that you will notice any change if it develops.

Step 1: Begin by looking at your breasts in the mirror. Look for a change in the shape or appearance of the breast or the nipple, this includes the nipple being pulled in or any discharge, particularly if it is bloody.

Step 2: Raise your arms above your head and look for any changes in the shape of the breast or any visible lumps.

Step 3: Feel your breasts with your hands to check for lumps or any areas that feel differently to the rest of your breast. Look for any change that's unusual for you, a lump or lumpiness, any pain that is unusual for you, a swelling in your armpit or around your collarbone. Any of these signs could indicate there's a problem.

Most changes in the breast are not breast cancer, however if you do find an unusual change get it checked out by your doctor immediately.

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