Touch, Look, Check

Breakthrough, a UK charity, has launched a campaign called TLC (Touch, Look, Check) encouraging women to be more breast aware.

Most cases of breast cancer are found by women noticing unusual changes, taking the iniative and visiting their doctor.

Being breast aware means knowing what your breasts look and feel like normally, being on the lookout for any unusual changes and getting them checked out by your doctor.  Lumps are vital to look out for, but there are other important signs too.  And even if you do find a lump, in most cases they turn out not to be cancerous.

Its as simple as TLC!

TOUCH your breast.  Can you feel anything unusual?

  • Can you feel a lump either in the breast, upper chest or armpits?  
  • Is there a lumpy area?  Or unusual thickening of the breast tissue that doesn't go away?
  • Is there any unusual pain?  Either in part of the breast or the armpit?

LOOK for changes.  Is there any change in shape or texture?

  • Any change in size or shape?  Has one breast become larger or lower than the other?
  • Any change in skin texture?  Such as puckering or dimpling of the skin of the breast
  • Any change in colour?  Does the breast look red or inflamed?
  • What about the appearance or direction of the nipple?  Has one become inverted (turned in) when it normally points out?
  • Any unusual discharge?  
  • Any rash or crusting?  Of the nipple or surrounding area

CHECK anything unusual with your doctor

There's no special technique and you don't need any training.  The important thing is to be familiar with how your breasts look and feel normally, so you notice anything unusual.  You may normally feel breast tissue changes or pain before or during your periods.  This is why it's important to get to know how your breasts look and feel at different times of the month.  Remember to check the whole breast area, including your upper chest and armpits.

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