Breast awareness

Every woman should be aware of her breasts, and of any changes that may occur, even if she has regular breast screening. If she does not know how to do this, or what to look for, she can ask her Practice Nurse or GP to show her, or go to her nearest well-woman clinic to learn.

Radiographer explaining the mammography procedure

The normal breast

Really, there is no such thing; every woman is unique. The secret is to know your own breast and report any changes. Your breast will change normally at various stages in your life.

What to look for

Most changes in the breast are harmless, but all of them must be checked by your doctor before you can be reassured that they are not early signs of a cancer developing.