All women should be aware of how their breasts normally feel and look so that they can detect any changes, even if they are having regular breast screening. Breast awareness is part of general body awareness. It’s a process of getting to know your breasts and becoming familiar with their appearance.
Learning how your breasts look and feel at different times will help you to know what’s normal for you. You can become familiar with your breast tissue by looking at and feeling your breasts – you can do this in any way that’s best for you (for example, in the bath or shower with a soapy hand, or when you’re getting dressed).
If you aren’t sure what to look for, or if examining your breasts makes you anxious, you can ask your practice nurse or GP to show you. You can also go to a well-woman clinic to learn how to check your breasts. Your GP or practice nurse can give you details of your nearest clinic.