Examine your breasts
The most common symptom of breast cancer is a painless lump in your breast. This may make you anxious. However if you feel a lump in your breast, it does not always indicate cancer. The lump may be a benign change – a cyst, connective tissue, or uneven fat tissue.
All women should examine and feel their breasts regularly, regardless of age. It is best to examine your breasts always after your period, and once a month after menopause. Examine your breasts by pressing with your fingers, either in a sitting or standing position, or when lying down.
Detailed instructions for checking your breasts:
See your doctor if there is a change in the structure of your breast, or you feel a lump or hardening.
The nature of the lump in your breast or of a something noticed through breast imaging is ascertained by a doctor’s so-called triple assessment: clinical examination, imaging (mammography, ultrasonography), and biopsy.
If all of the above-mentioned parts of the triple diagnostics indicate that a lump is benign, a monitoring plan is drawn up. It may be sufficient to follow up by breast self-exams, where you feel and check your breasts yourself.
It is also important always to take part in mammography screening programmes.