A note on terms:
This page is for people who are trans or non-binary, and anyone who wants to know about changes during transition. Everyone has breast tissue and people of all genders can get breast cancer. We use the term ‘chest’ on this page, and ‘breast’ when we need to be clinically accurate, for example when we talk about breast cancer.
Glossary of Terms
During transition, there might be some changes to your chest. There are different types of transition that might affect your chest. They are:
- Social transition
- Medical transition
- Surgical transition
You may be going through some, all or none of these. It is your choice what you do with your body. All bodies are different, and every person’s transition is unique.
Gender dysphoria is the name given to the stress or anxiety some trans or non-binary people feel because their sex does not line up with their gender identity. This dysphoria can be set off by mental, physical and social factors. It can lead to depression and other harmful impacts. We know checking your chest can set off dysphoria, so we have included tips to deal with this on our poster for trans and non-binary people. Our poster uses fruits to describe lots of chest shapes and sizes, and the signs and symptoms of breast cancer to be aware of. Download the posters here. The NHS has more advice for coping with dysphoria, here.
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This information was published in April 2021. It will be revised in April 2024.