Breast cancer can develop at any time, including between screening appointments.
Even if you have a mammogram every 2 years, you should become familiar with the shape, feel and look of your breasts.
What to look for
Watch out for:
- a new lump or lumpiness, especially in just 1 breast
- changes in breast size, shape or colour
- changes in the nipples, like redness, discharge or inversion (turned inside out)
- skin changes, such as dimpling, swelling and bulging
- irritation or rashes
- pain that doesn’t go away.
See your doctor
If you notice anything unusual, talk to your doctor as soon as possible. The changes are often nothing serious, but it’s best to be sure.
Learn more about breast awareness on Cancer Australia’s website.