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Signs & symptoms of breast cancer


The earlier breast cancer is diagnosed, the better the chance of successful treatment. So it's important to check your breasts regularly and see your GP if you notice a change.

Common breast cancer signs and symptoms include:

  • a lump or swelling in the breast, upper chest or armpit – you might feel the lump but not see it.
  • a change to the skin, such as puckering or dimpling.
  • a change in the colour of the breast – the breast may look red or inflamed.
  • a change to the nipple, for example it has become pulled in (inverted).
  • rash or crusting around the nipple.
  • any unusual liquid (discharge) from either nipple.
  • changes in size or shape of the breast.

On its own, pain in your breasts is not usually a sign of breast cancer. But look out for pain that’s there all or most of the time.

Noticing an unusual change doesn’t necessarily mean you have breast cancer, and most breast changes are not because of cancer. But it’s important to get checked by your GP.

Men can also develop breast cancer but it is very rare.

How to check your breasts.

Checking your breasts only takes a few minutes. There's no special technique and you don’t need training to check your breasts.

Check the whole breast area, including your upper chest and armpits

Do this regularly to check for changes.

It’s as simple as TLC: Touch Look Check

  • Touch  your breasts: can you feel anything unusual?
  • Look  for changes: does anything look different?
  • Check  any changes with your GP

Have you felt or seen anything unusual? If so, make sure you get checked out by our doctor as soon as possible