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Breasts, or ‘boobs’, sit on women’s chests and are made up of fatty tissue and milk glands. In women breasts produce milk when a baby is born, their job is to provide food for babies containing all the right nutrients they need.
Men have breast tissue as well. So while you may think this section is only for girls, it’s important that men know their own bodies too and also check for lumps , bumps and changes.
Checking your breasts regularly and looking at them in the mirror is important so you can get to know what’s normal for you. It will help you identify if there’s anything different to how your breasts usually look or feel.
If you have any of the signs above, book an appointment to see your family doctor and get them checked out. Most lumps and changes are nothing to be worried about but getting them checked early is important just in case they are a sign of breast cancer.
In the UK breast cancer is the most common type of cancer for women. Most people think breast cancer occurs in women over the age of 50 but this is not true. Younger women can get breast cancer too. Breast cancer affects in 1 in 8 women during their lifetime. That’s why it’s so important to check your breasts regularly so you spot any early warning signs. Breast cancer is curable if caught and treated early enough. Check those breasts!
Worried about a breast changes and want to talk to someone? Don’t panic, make an appointment to see your family doctor.
If you have any more questions on this area or would like to speak to somebody about this topic, have a look at the links or search for your local services in the blue box below. Alternatively you can always contact your public health nurse.
Did you know men can get breast cancer too, it’s not just women? There are around 350-400 cases of breast cancer in the UK which occur in men. It’s just as important for men to check their breasts and women.
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