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Breast self examination tool

Women who examine their breasts become more aware of how their breasts normally feel – the NHS calls this being "breast aware". They are more likely to notice changes – including masses or lumps – that could be early signs of cancer. Be aware that the feel and appearance of the breasts can change at different times of the menstrual cycle.

If you see or feel a change in your breasts, seek medical advice sooner rather than later. But remember, most of the time, breast changes are not cancer.

Test 1
Test 1

Using a mirror, inspect your breasts with your arms at your sides, with your hands on your hips, and with your arms raised while flexing your chest muscles.

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