Breast health understanding

What does it really mean?

Just being breast aware isn’t enough, women and men need to have good breast health understanding. This means being aware of the importance of breast health, having confidence in recognising changes in your breasts, knowing the risk factors for breast cancer, and learning how to complete your own regular breast check.

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Being breast aware is about knowing how your breasts look and feel, and knowing what is ‘normal’ for you. While nearly three quarters of Australian women believe they are breast aware, only 16% have the appropriate knowledge and skills. We need to ensure we are talking about breast health with family and friends. The right conversations will help build a new generation of women and men who have greater awareness about their breasts.

Breast Health Understanding Confidence

It’s also important to ensure you‘re confident identifying any physical changes in your breasts that may be an indication of breast cancer. Confidence comes with learning your breasts through regular checks and knowing what to look for.

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Breast Health Understanding Knowledge

Knowing the risk factors for breast cancer and equally knowing the myths around the causes of the disease. It may help lead to early diagnosis in you or someone you know.

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You should breast check once a month, around the same time in your menstrual cycle, to account for any regular hormonal changes. Self-checking can alert you to changes in your body that should be examined by a medical professional. If breast cancer is diagnosed and treated in its early stages, the survival rates are improved.

How to check your breasts each month

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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.

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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.

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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.