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6 Changes To Look Out For When Checking Your Breasts

Throughout October, we're supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In partnership with the Pink Ribbon Foundation, we're donating £5 from every Limited Edition Calm & Soothe Gift Collection sold, helping to relieve the needs of people affected by breast cancer and fund vital research into early detection and treatment.

Breasts come in all different shapes and sizes. They can change with age, and vary at different times of the month. Getting to know your breasts and what is normal for you is important and will make it easier to spot anything unusual.

How to check your breasts:

Be sure to check all parts of your breasts and armpits up to your collarbone. You may find it easiest to do this in the shower or bath, by running a soapy hand over each breast and up under each armpit.

You may also find it helpful to check your breasts in front of a mirror. Lift your arms and be sure to check all areas of the breast tissue with the flat surface of your fingers and palms.

Here's what to look out for:
1. Look out for any changes in shape or size, particularly an increase in size.
2. A change in skin texture, such as dimpling or puckering.
3. Any lumps, or a lumpy area which may or may not be visible, but can be felt.
4. Any changes to the nipple in appearance or direction.
5. A discharge from the nipple or any rash or crusting of the nipple or surrounding area.
6. Any pain or swelling in the breast area, armpit or up to the collarbone.


Found something unusual?

If you notice a change, visit your GP. Most breast changes, including lumps, are not cancer. But the sooner breast cancer is found, the more successful treatment is likely to be.

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