Published: February 2021, Version 5
― How to be breast aware
― The breast awareness 5 point code
― How do I check my breasts?
― What should I look for?
― What should I do if I find a change?
― Breast screening
― Does breast cancer run in families?
― Contact details
This leaflet tells you how to be breast aware. Breast awareness is part of general body awareness. It is important to get to know how your breasts look and feel normally, this will help you notice any changes that are different. Although uncommon, men can get breast cancer so it is important that men are breast aware too.
There is no right or wrong way to check your breasts. You decide what is comfortable for you. You can check in the shower or when:
Remember to check all parts of your breasts, armpits up to your collar bone and in between your breasts.
If you notice any change in your breast you should talk to your GP or Practice Nurse without delay. Nine out of ten breast changes are not cancer but if there is a problem it is best treated early.
Women aged 50–70 are invited every three years for breast screening. If you are over 70, you can ask for an appointment by contacting your local breast screening centre. The risk of getting breast cancer increases with age. It is still important for women over the age of 70 to attend for breast screening.
A small number of breast cancers (5–10%) run in the family. If you are worried about your family history of breast cancer talk to your GP.
Visit our Contact us page. We welcome phone calls in Welsh.
For us to contact you as part of this programme, we will need to handle some of your personal information.