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Here is your guide to checking your breasts on Check 'em Tuesday

By The Citizen  |  Posted: May 13, 2014

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KNOWING what your breasts look and feel like and checking them regularly can help you detect when something’s wrong.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer to affect women, with around 38,000 cases diagnosed every year in England.

The "Check ‘em Tuesday” campaign aims to encourage women to examine themselves for the signs of breast cancer.

Find out what to look out for, including new lumps and changes in shape.

Changes in the breast

Be aware of the following changes in your breasts:

Changes in the outline or shape of the breast, especially those caused by arm movements or by lifting the breast.

Changes in the look or feel of the skin, such as puckering or dimpling.

Discomfort or pain in one breast that is unusual, particularly if it is new and persistent.

Any new lumps, thickening or bumpy areas in one breast or armpit, which differs from the same part of the other breast and armpit.

Nipple discharge that's new for you and not milky

bleeding from the nipple.

Moist, red areas on the nipple that don't heal easily

any change in nipple position, such as pulled up or pointing differently.

A rash on or around the nipple.

If you notice any of these changes, see your GP.

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