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How to Check Your Breasts

Ann Summers x Breast Cancer Now are working together to start the conversation about sex, intimacy and breast cancer.

The first step, get to know your breasts!

It’s as simple as TLC! Touch Look Check

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.

Touch your breasts: can you feel anything unusual?

Look for changes: does anything look different?

Check any changes with your GP

Knowing your breasts and checking regularly is the best way to know if something changes. 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.

Breast Cancer – Signs and Symptoms

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).

A 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.

This information was approved & provided by Breast Cancer Now. Want to support BCN today? Then join us in, Glam Up and Give!

Glam Up & Give is about coming together and supporting people affected by breast cancer

The coronavirus outbreak represents an unprecedented situation for all of us, but this is an extremely difficult and uncertain time for so many people affected by breast cancer. That is why we're taking part in #glamupandgive- to bring a bit of glam back in our lives, raise money and support those in need.

Whether it’s a one-off shimmering selfie or a full-blown glamorous party night in, all you need to do is follow these three easy steps.

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That special occasion outfit, those stunning stilettoes or shiny shoes… even your wedding dress or suit – put on your party gear to Glam Up & Give.

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Make a heart with your hands, take a selfie, and choose the friends and family you’re going to ask to glam up too. Share your image on social media with the below text and @ your nominees!

I nominate @friend1, @friend2, @friend3, @friend4 to glam up and share the love in the lockdown too. Donate and share! Text Pink1 to 70140 to give £5 to Breast Cancer Now.

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Text Pink1 to 70140 to give £5 to Breast Cancer Now.

For more information, call Breast Cancer Now’s free Helpline on 0808 800 6000 and speak to one of the charity’s nurses.

To find out how Breast Cancer Now and Ann Summers are working together to help women start the conversation about sex, intimacy and breast cancer, read more here.

Breast Cancer Now is a company limited by guarantee registered in England (9347608) and a charity registered in England and Wales (1160558), Scotland (SC045584) and Isle of Man (1200).