Men and women who fail to identify breast cancer in its earliest stages, when medical treatment can prevent it spreading, risk losing their life.
That’s why it’s so important make sure you do monthly breast exams and that you do them at the same time each month.
So when should you do a breast exam?
The best time to examine your breasts is about a week after your period ends, says webMd.
Your breast tissue is less likely to be swollen or tender after menstruation. And both these things which can produce irregular lumps and bumps.
If your menstrual cycle is irregular, are in menopause or if you’re a man, do your examination on a day of the month that's easy to remember – like the first of the month or pay day.
Use this checklist during your breast exam
Before you start, look in the mirror and ask yourself, are there:
Now feel your breasts.
If you notice a lump or any change such as tenderness, pain or discharge, make an appointment to see your doctor. And if you’re aged between 50 and 64 then you should have regular mammograms.