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Breast awareness

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK. Both women and men can be affected by it, so it’s important to be breast aware. Being breast aware is part of caring for your body. It means getting to know how your breasts look and feel so you know what is normal for you. You can then feel more confident about noticing any unusual changes and reporting it to your GP (local doctor).

We encourage early detection of breast cancer as the sooner breast cancer is diagnosed the more effective treatment may be.

On our web pages you can find out more about:


We also have a number of publications on breast awareness, and information specifically on breast development and breast health for teenage girls and for people with learning disabilities and their carers.

The Breast Cancer Care checklist

  • Look at and feel your breasts so you know what's normal for you.
  • Do this regularly to check for changes.
  • Tell your doctor as soon as possible if you notice anything. 

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Content last reviewed March 2014; next planned review 2016