Breast health understanding. What Does it Really Mean?

Good breast health understanding means being aware of the importance of breast health, being confident in detecting changes, being knowledgeable about the risk factors for breast cancer and checking your breasts regularly. 

We aim to empower everyone to look after and know their bodies, and to take action that promotes their health and wellbeing. 

How to check your breasts

Part of good breast health understanding means getting to know your breasts, so you know what’s normal for you. It’s about actively taking care of your pair! Once you’re familiar with how your breasts look and feel you’ll be able to pick up any changes.

Follow this simple process and remember to repeat each month:


Look – at the shape and appearance of your breasts and nipples in the mirror with your hands by your sides. Raise your arms above your head and have another look. 





Feel –all of your breasts and nipples, looking for anything that isn’t normal for you. Feel from your collarbone to below the bra-line, and under your armpit too. 





Learn – what’s normal for you! Breasts come in all different shapes and sizes, so get to know your normal. See your doctor if you notice any changes. 



Breast education programme resources


Schools programme
The resource for schools is age-appropriate and focuses on providing information about breast and body health awareness for students, teachers and parents.

The content included in the schools resource has been linked to each state or territory’s Health Curriculum or can be incorporated into student wellbeing sessions or assemblies for years 5 to 12.

To access the resources, or for more information contact the Education Advisor, Tanya Hanaee or 02 8962 6100. 


Community and workplace programme
Would you like to run a breast health understanding session in your workplace or community? 

The Community and Workplace Guide provides all the information you need on the programme and will help you run a breast health understanding session with your peers, friends or colleagues. You don't have to be a healthcare professional to be a facilitator - just someone who wants to 'do their bit' to increase breast health understanding.

Developed by the McGrath Foundation, it includes all the info you'll need to improve knowledge about breast health understanding, breast cancer, risk factors and more. Although most of the content is geared towards women, there is important info included for men, so it's all suitable for guys and girls.

Want to find out more?

For more information contact the Education Advisor, Tanya Hanaee or 02 8962 6100.
You can also read about the Breast Health Index