Get to know your boobs

Want the lowdown on why you should check your boobs or pecs (guys we’re talking to you too), guidance on how to coppafeel or what to do if you find something unusual? Well you’re in the right place!

The signs and symptoms of breast cancer

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Changes in skin texture, e.g. puckering/dimpling

This is why it is so important to feel AND look at your boobs. Dimpling and puckering of the skin can look similar to orange peel.

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Swelling in your armpit or around your collarbone.

It is important to check not just your boob but your upper chest and armpit too, as these areas also contain breast tissue.

Feel

Lumps and thickening

Some boobs are naturally lumpy and this can be perfectly normal. The key is to get to know how your boobs feel, so you would notice if any new lumps appear or if your boob starts to feel thicker in one area compared to the rest.

Feel

Constant, unusual pain in your breast or armpit

Some breast pain can be perfectly normal, especially around your period. But keep an eye out for any unexplained pain in your breast or your armpit that’s there all or almost all of the time.

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Nipple discharge

This is liquid that comes from the nipple without squeezing it.

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A sudden, unusual change in size or shape

Most women may naturally have one boob bigger than the other or experience their boobs gradually changing as they get older. Many changes are perfectly normal, however if you notice a sudden, unusual change in size or shape then get it checked out.

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Nipple inversion and changes in direction

All this means is your nipple has become pulled into the boob or looks different to usual. This could be a change in its position or shape. That’s why it is important to pay special attention to your nipple during your regular checks.

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A rash or crusting of the nipple or surrounding area

There are many reasons why your skin could become irritated, especially if you are breast feeding, but if you notice any redness or a rash on the skin and/or around the nipple or any crusting of the nipple, make sure you get it checked out by your doctor.

Why check your boobs?

In the UK, 1 in 8 women will experience breast cancer in their lifetime and 400 men are diagnosed every year.

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Boob Check 101

The full lowdown on all things boob checking!

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Found something unusual?

Our handy videos helps you to get a feel for what to expect when you visit your GP.

What to expect

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