70% of breast cancer cases are discovered by women themselves, noticing a change in their breasts, and this is why it is so important to be breast aware, to be confident about checking your breasts, know the symptoms of breast cancer, what to look for and when to seek help.
As breast cancer is the most common cancer in UK women, we've worked with Breast Cancer Care to put together 5 easy ways to check your breasts. Breast cancer may be scary, but the quicker it's found, the more effective the treatments may be, so don't delay in going to your GP if you find something unusual. Another person in the UK is diagnosed with breast cancer every 10 minutes, so get checking, ladies.
1. Be breast awareIf you aren't already, be more breast aware. The survival rate is far higher for women who find breast cancer in the early stages, as it's easier to treat. Know what's normal for your breasts, like the way they look and feel.
Davinia Green from Breast Cancer Care says: 'If you get to know what's normal for you, it's much easier to notice if something isn't right and then it's important to talk to your doctor.'
2. Know what changes to look for
Noticing breast cancer isn't just about finding a lump, there are lots of other signs and symptoms that can indicate it.
Something as subtle as a change in skin tone on your breast can be an indication. Keep an eye out for any of the changes in the pictures above and below, then speak to your doctor if you're worried.
Want more info on this step? Watch the video below for more detailed instructions
3. Another way to visualise the symptoms of breast cancer
This photo from the Know Your Lemons campaign, created by the Worldwide Breast Cancer group, aims to help women visualise the unknown symptoms of breast cancer by comparing breasts to lemons.
From retracted nipples to dimpling, and an invisible lump which can feel similar to a lemon pip, there are so many telltale signs that you definitely need to be looking out for. The campaign is designed to be shared amongst family and friends to raise awareness. Who knows, it could potentially save lives, so get sharing!