What COVID-19 means for people with breast cancer
How well do you know your own breasts? Is one normally bigger than the other? Is it normal that they’re sometimes really sore and a little lumpy? When was the last time you checked your breasts?
Breast cancer is most treatable when it is found early, so early detection is your best protection. That’s why it’s vital to know the signs and ‘know your normal’ – and if you notice any changes, see your doctor immediately.
Put your arm above your head and use the other hand to check. Move your fingers up and down or in circular motions to check all parts of your breast. Feel up to your collarbone and under your armpit.
If you have larger breasts, it’s often easier to check when you are lying down so that your breast tissue is flatter. Put your arm above your head and use the other hand to check.
With hands on hips, look at your breasts in the mirror. Notice their shape, colour and size.
Now raise your arms in the air to check underneath each breast.
If you’ve found something that doesn’t seem normal, it’s important to consult your doctor. Pre Check is not a substitute for medical advice or regular mammograms.
Sometimes part of the breast becomes red and thickened. The skin may look like orange peel because the pores stand out in the inflamed area. This may be a sign of breast cancer.
Dimples, dents or puckering anywhere on your breast may be signs of breast cancer. These can appear anywhere, even on the underside of the breast. Ready to self-check?
A lump or bump may be a sign of breast cancer. Check for lumps or thickening in the breast tissue that feels different to the rest of your breast. Ready to self-check?
Discharge from your nipple may be a sign of breast cancer. Look closely at your nipple for any fluid or discharge. Ready to self-check?
Any skin changes, including reddening, inflammation or bruising, may be signs of breast cancer. You’re looking for unusual skin changes. Ready to self-check?
Breast tenderness is normal, particularly around your period. But ongoing pain, especially in one breast, may be a sign of breast cancer. Ready to self-check?
A newly turned-in or inverted nipple may be a sign of a breast cancer. Pay close attention to your nipple area, checking for dry skin, discharge or your nipple turning in. Ready to self-check?
Unexplained shrinkage or swelling, especially if it’s in just one breast, may be a sign of breast cancer. Your breast might feel heavy, swollen or achy. Ready to self-check?
Crusty, flaky or scaly skin on your nipple may be a sign of breast cancer. Check your nipples for redness, itching or burning. Ready to self-check?
Visual, tactile and audio cues help you search for signs of breast cancer on your mobile. When you find one, you can learn more about it before looking for other signs.
Once you’ve found the signs of breast cancer, you are prompted to “get to know your normal”. We teach you how to self-check via an easy-to-follow illustrated guide.
You have the option to set your own reminder for regular self-checks. This will send a push-notification to your phone, urging you to ‘touch, look and check’ and reminding you how.