Be Breast Aware!
Being breast aware is part of maintaining your healthy lifestyle. As women get older their risk of developing breast cancer increases. Being conscious of how your breasts look and feel and regularly checking them is vital, so you notice any changes.
It is important because there is a chance that a change could indicate breast cancer and the sooner the breast cancer is spotted, the easier and more effective treatment can be.
Follow the Five Point Code:
- Know what is normal for you
- Look and feel
- Know what changes to look for
- Report any changes without any delay to your nearest practitioner
- Attend breast screening if above 50 years of age.
Changes to look for:
- A lump or thickening which is different to the rest of the breast tissue
- Continuous pain in one part of the breast or armpit
- Changes in size of the breast or if one breast is noticeably larger than the other
- A nipple becomes inverted or changes shape or position
- Skin changes including dimpling or puckering
- A swelling under the armpit or around the collar bone
- A rash on or around the nipple
- Discharge from one or both nipples
A GOOD BREAST HEALTH PLAN includes
- Self Breast Examination: Every Month
- Clinical Breast Examination: Visit your Doctor once a year
- Mammography: Once a year / as recommended