We all know of someone first or second hand who has been affected by breast cancer in some way. You might have a relative, or a friend. We know how common it is, but we also know that we’re getting much better at the detection and treatment of breast cancer.
This page isn’t all about breast cancer information or statistics. You can find all that information at https://breast-cancer.canceraustralia.gov.au/statistics
What we’re focusing on is the early detection of any lumps, bumps or skin changes that can be suggestive of breast cancer so you can get it checked out right away
Being familiar with the look and feel of your breasts makes it easier to notice when any changes occur.
From your 20’s onwards it’s good to do the following checks once per month.
|What to do||Why|
||A visual check of your breasts will help you to see:
|Next||Feel your breasts while you are under the shower||This is a personal choice but some women prefer to feel their breasts when the skin is slippery so they can notice any changes|
|Then||Feel your breasts while lying down with your arm bent at the elbow, and resting above your head. Stretch your hands so your palms and fingers are flat, like a plate.
Make sure you feel the entire breast area from your collarbone to your tummy, and include your armpits.
|This will allow you to feel without poking your breasts. It is another helpful way to look for;
You should see your doctor about
If you are concerned about any changes to your breasts, or if you have questions on how to examine your breasts, ask your doctor at GS Health.
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