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Be breast aware

Whatever your age, size or shape it's important to take care of your breasts. Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK, so its important to look after yor breasts by being breast aware.

Being breast aware is an important part of caring for your body. It means getting to know how your breast look and feel, so you know what is normal for you. You can feel more confident about noticing any unusual changes.

There is no right or wrong way to check your breasts. Try to get used to looking at and feeling your breast regularly. You can do this in the bath or shower, when using body lotion, or when you get dressed. There's really no need to change your everyday routine. Just decide what you are comfortable with and what suits you best.

Remember to check all parts of your breast, your armpits and up to your collarbone.

You are not wasting anyone's time.

It is important to know that most changes are not cancer. However, the sooner a cancer is found, in the majority of cases, the more successful the treatment is likely to be. Changes to look for include:

  • A change in size or shape
  • A lump or thickening
  • Puckering or skin dimpling
  • Nipple becoming drawn or changing direction
  • Bleeding or discharge from the nipple
  • Rash on or around the nipple
  • Sudden roughness of the skin
  • Swelling under the armpit or around the collar bone
  • Constant pain in one part of your breast or in your armpit

This list is not exhaustive. Any changes noted in the breast should be reported to your GP without delay.

More information can be found on the



  • Information and support abourt a variety of cancers, including breast cancer from Macmillan or the breast cancer care website ()


    The Rose Centre

    What is a Mammography

    The Rose Centre opened in 2011. This modern facility provides Breast Screening for women local to St.Georges Hospital. The centre is also a diagnostic centre for all women screened in South West London. Having been formerly based at the Duchess of Kent Unit for many years it was a welcome move to this site.

    Step-by-Step Guide

    step by step guide

    Understand what's involved in having a breast x-ray (mammogram).

    Download the guide (multilingual)

    About Breast Screening

    What is a Mammography

    Breast Screening (Mammography) is an x-ray examination of the breasts and is a method of finding breast cancer at a very early stage.

    Learn more about screening

    Where We Screen

    We screen at various convenient places across South West London.

    Find out where we screen

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