Breast awareness is about encouraging women to become more aware of their bodies generally and to get to know their own breasts – learning how their breasts look and feel at different times will help women know what is normal for them and to recognise any irregular changes.

The Department of Health’s policy on breast awareness encourages women to check their breasts for what is normal for them but does not recommend routine self examination to a set technique.

There is no scientific evidence to show that a formally taught, ritual self examination, performed at the same time each month, reduces the death rate from breast cancer or is more effective than more relaxed breast awareness.

The NHS has a cancer screening programmes website:

BUPA has some good information of what breast awareness involves and what to look out for including:


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