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Breast checks are important for your breast health and part of this is getting to know your breasts. Examine your breasts once a month, just after your period has finished if you are still having periods, in the shower when you are soapy. Use a flat hand and compress your breast against your rib cage with a circular movement to get to know what your breast feels like.
Are your breasts dense, soft , lumpy , nodular? Everyone's breasts are different. Once you know what your breasts are normally like, you are more aware of changes that are unusual.
WARNING SIGNS - these should make you see your GP for a check up:
Changes in breast tissue?
Is there a new lump?
Is there a new thickening?
Change in your breast appearance?
Has your breast appearance changed, is its profile different?
Has it shrunken, pulled in, developed dimples?
Has it become red?
Changes in normal cycle pain?
Has your breast become unusually painful?
Has the pain been prolonged through a normal cycle and continued into the next cycle?
Changes in the nipple?
Has the nipple appearance changed?
Has your nipple become itchy, flakey, rashy?
Do you have nipple discharge? (without squeezing!!)
Especially bloody nipple discharge and discharge from one nipple only
You are looking for changes in your breast that are different from your normal.