How to Check for Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer Symptoms 

When it comes to breast cancer symptoms, the first thing people commonly notice is an abnormal lump in their breast. Nevertheless, there are other possible signs. These are some of the beast cancer symptoms you need to look out for.

Be Breast Aware 

Be Breast Aware 

Being breast aware means getting to know your breasts; how they look and what they normally feel like; and knowing what breast cancer symptoms to look out for.

Everyone should know the ‘breast aware’ 5 point plan and look for the warning signs. It is important that men, too are ‘chest aware’ and check themselves regularly.

Be Breast Aware

How to Check for Lumps

Worried you have found a lump?

If you have found a lump in your breast or notice any other breast cancer symptoms, you should make an appointment with your GP as soon as possible.


They can then refer you to a breast cancer unit if they are concerned that you might have breast cancer. However more often than not, your symptoms will not have been caused by cancer.


For more information on what to expect from the moment you find a lump and during your first referral appointment, take a look at Against Breast Cancer Information leaflet: 


The following organisations can also offer advice and practical support for people concerned about or living with breast cancer;

NHS Choices – Information from the National Health Service on conditions, treatments, local services and healthy living.

The Breast Cancer Haven is a UK charity supporting the physical and emotional needs of anyone affected by breast cancer.

Breast Cancer Now – Patient support and helpline.

Macmillan offer information, practical help and support for people living with cancer.

Maggie’s offer support and help for people living with cancer. Maggie’s centres are located nationally alongside NHS hospitals or online: