Looking after your breasts - Find breast cancer early and survive
How can I find breast cancer early?
The good news is there are things that you can do to find breast cancer early:
- Get to know the normal look and feel of your breasts.
- Have a free breast screen every two years for women aged 50 - 74 years.
Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women.
How can I get to know the normal look and feel of my breasts?
You don’t need to be an expert or know a special way to check your breasts. You can do this as part of everyday activities such as dressing, looking in the mirror, or showering.
All women should do this regularly; daughters, mothers, aunties and grandmothers.
What changes should I look out for?
There are a number of changes you should look out for:
- A new lump or lumpiness
- A change in the size or shape of your breast
- A change in the nipple
- Discharge from the nipples
- Any unusual pain
- A change in the skin of your breast
What should I do if I find a change?
Most breast changes are NOT due to cancer. If you find a change in your breast that is new or usual for you, visit your local health centre without delay.
Where do I go to have a breast screen?
BreastScreen Australia provides free breast screening for women 50-74 years and has services in all states and territories. To find out more call 13 20 50.