We asked Practice Nurse and Respiratory Specialist Paula Bolger for things we should be looking for when examining your breasts. She gives us some great advice on what we should be looking for.
Every woman’s breasts are different in size, shape and consistency, so only you will know what feels and looks normal for you. Many women’s breasts feel different during their period or through menopause. There is no set time for checking but it’s a good idea to routinely check your breasts when you are in the shower, say once a week. This will help you know how your breasts feel normally. Things to look out for are:
- Change in the size or outline of your breast.
- Skin puckering or dimpling.
- A lump or bumpy area on the breast or under the armpit area.
- Discharge or bleeding from your nipples.
- Whether your nipple position has changed, become inverted or developed a rash.
- While pain is rarely a sign of breast cancer, if you have constant discomfort or pain in one breast, then this also needs to be addressed by your GP.
Always visit your GP without delay if you are concerned about any of the above symptoms.