When it comes to your breasts, It’s important to know your normal and check regularly for any unusual changes. Checking your breasts is all about getting to know what your breasts normally look and feel like. In this article we will explore, How to self check your own breasts for any changes as early detection starts with you. If you find any changes or have more questions, remember you're not alone. Reach out to a GP or visit the Breast Cancer Foundation NZ for more information.

It’s as easy as TLC: Touch, Look, Check

It’s important to know your normal and check regularly for any unusual changes. The best time to do a self-check is usually the week after your period, when your breasts aren’t as tender or lumpy. If you’ve found something that doesn’t seem normal, it’s important to consult your doctor.

Touch: Your Hands Could Save Your Life

Self-checking is about feeling for changes that aren’t normal for you. This may be a lump, thickened area, or anything that feels totally different from any other area in your breasts.

Look: Spotting the Early Signs

This is a very important part of checking your breasts as some breast cancers are detected by visual signs
such as skin changes, change in shape, new nipple inversion, dimpling on the skin or crusting on the nipple. Be aware of any discharge coming from the nipple (without squeezing).

Check: Noticed Something Different?

It can be scary to find a change that doesn’t feel or look normal, but it’s important to get any concerning signs checked out by your GP, even if you’ve had a mammogram recently. If you’re not sure about talking to your GP, tell someone you trust, like a girlfriend or your mum. They can support you to see your GP.

For More Information

Check out the Breast Cancer Foundation NZ

Visit the Breast Cancer Foundation Ask a Nurse

Breast Cancer Foundation NZ also has nurses available, who can give you free advice. Get in touch at 0800 226 8773 or