Health conditions

Breast awareness

Breasts come in all shapes and sizes and will change throughout your life. Your menstrual cycle, pregnancy, menopause, age and weight may alter the size, shape and feel of your breasts.

Be breast aware

  • Get to know your breasts so that you will know what is normal for you.
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    Look in the mirror at your breasts and feel your breasts from time to time.
  • Ask your GP to check your breasts regularly.
  • See your GP promptly if you notice any of the following unusual breast changes:
    • a lump, lumpiness or thickening in the breast or armpit
    • changes in the nipple such as inversion, new nipple discharge, itchy or ulcerated skin
    • changes in the skin of the breast such as dimpling, puckering or redness
    • an area of the breast that feels different from the rest
    • new persistent breast pain.

More information

Visit BreastScreen WA (external site) to download or order a range of publications, including languages other than English.

Where to get help

  • See your doctor
  • Visit a GP after hours
  • Ring healthdirect on 1800 022 222


  • Check your breasts regularly so you will notice any unusual changes. 

BreastScreen WA

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