Be breast aware, regardless of age or participation in screening

BreastCheck - The National Breast Screening Programme encourages all women, regardless of age or participation in BreastCheck to remain breast aware as:

  • Even when you have been screened, changes in  your breasts can happen at any stage, and between screening mammograms, so it's important that you stay breast aware (see below).
  • BreastCheck screens women aged 50 to 64, but women under age 50 and over age 65 are still at risk of getting breast cancer.

BreastCheck encourages all women, regardless of age or participation in screening to remain breast aware at all times and to contact their GP without delay if they have any concerns regarding breast cancer.

Be breast aware

  • No matter what age you are, it is important to always be breast aware.
  • Know what is normal for your body.
  • Know what changes you should look for.

What changes should I look and feel for?

  • Any lumps or unusual thickening in your breast
  • Dimpling, puckering or redness of the skin
  • A nipple that appears to be pulled-in or flattened
  • A rash or flaky or crusted skin around the nipple
  • A change in the size or shape of your breast
  • Swelling in your armpit or around your collarbone
  • Constant pain in one part of your breast or armpit

Important: There are many reasons for changes in your breast. Most of them are harmless, but you should get any change checked. If you have any concerns or notice any changes, please visit your GP (family doctor) immediately, even if you have had a recent mammogram.