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How to Check

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Chest Check 101

You can check in any way that feels comfortable for you. In the shower, when you’re lying down in bed or in the mirror before you get dressed. However you want to check, we have some handy pointers to help.


Check Regularly

We believe boob checking should be part of your monthly routine so that you will notice any unusual changes quickly. By checking on a regular basis, you will also build confidence of knowing what is normal for you each month. Everyone has to start somewhere, so don’t worry if you’re not feeling confident straight away.


Know what’s normal for you

Being breast aware simply means knowing what is normal for your boobs or pecs. If you have periods, it’s likely you’ll find that your boobs will naturally change as part of your cycle each month. It is important to get to know the normal rhythm of your boobs so you will be able to detect anything unusual quickly.


Look and Feel

Many of the signs and symptoms of breast cancer are changes you would only notice by looking at the appearance of your boobs. We recommend coppin’ a feel and taking a look during your checks.

Breast tissue isn’t only found in your boobs. It reaches all the way up to your collarbone and underneath your armpit so this whole area should be checked each time too. This is the same for all genders.


If in doubt, get it checked out

Your doctor is the only person who can refer you for further examination so we encourage people to visit their doctor after a week of monitoring the symptom if it doesn’t go away.

Find out more about what to expect when you visit your doctor here.


Breast cancer doesn’t just show up as a lump so getting to know all the symptoms will help you detect anything suspect quickly. Remember that some of these changes might occur naturally with your cycle, if you have periods and can be perfectly normal.



We know it can feel like there’s a lot to learn when you’ve never checked before, or don’t have much experience of it. But we’ve got simple tips and step-by-step tools to help you get to know what’s normal for you. You can even set up reminders so that you remember to check each month.

Visit the Self-Checkout

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