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Link to the NHS How should I check my breasts? website

NHS: How should I check my breasts?

There’s no right or wrong way to check your breasts.

It’s important to know how your breasts normally look and feel. That way, you can spot any changes quickly and report them to your GP. A lump could be an early sign of breast cancer.

Link to the NHS Cyclical breast pain website

NHS: Cyclical breast pain

Cyclical breast pain, also known as cyclical mastalgia, is pain in the breasts linked to the menstrual cycle.

Commonly, the pain affects the upper, outer area of both breasts and can sometimes be felt in the arms.

Link to the NHS Breast abscess website

NHS: Breast abscess

A breast abscess is a painful collection of pus that forms in the breast.

Most abscesses develop just under the skin and are caused by a bacterial infection.

Link to the NHS Breast Screening Programme website

NHS Breast Screening Programme

The NHS Breast Screening Programme provides free breast screening every three years for all women aged 50 and over. Because the programme is a rolling one which invites women from GP practices in turn, not every woman receives an invitation as soon as she is 50. But she will receive her first invitation before her 53rd birthday. Once women reach the upper age limit for routine invitations for breast screening, they are encouraged to make their own appointment.

Link to the Breakthrough Breast Cancer website

Breakthrough Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK. One in eight women will face it.

This month alone, 1,000 women will lose their lives to breast cancer – and more women are being diagnosed every day.

We won’t rest until we stop breast cancer for good.

Link to the Breast Cancer Care website

Breast Cancer Care

We combine the personal experiences of people affected by breast cancer with clinical expertise, using this in a unique way to:

  • provide information and offer emotional and practical support
  • bring people affected by breast cancer together
  • campaign for improvement in standards of support and care
  • promote the importance of early detection
Link to the Cancer Research UK: Breast Cancer Organisations website

Cancer Research UK: Breast Cancer Organisations

This page gives information about organisations and websites that help and support people with breast cancer. It also lists suppliers of mastectomy bras, swimming costumes, night wear and sports wear.


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