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Re: Self-exams

Hi RemEdo

Thanks for posting.

At Breast Cancer Now we encourage everyone to be breast aware regardless of their family history . Breast changes can happen for many reasons. They may be due to hormonal changes as part of your monthly cycle (period) or due to benign conditions (not cancer). You’ll probably find your breasts change quite a bit throughout your life. But being breast aware means getting to know your breasts look including how they feel normally (for you). This will then give you the confidence to notice and report any new changes to your GP. For more information, you might find it helpful to read our booklet Know your breasts: a guide to breast awareness and screening.

The biggest risk factors for developing breast cancer are being a woman and increasing age. There are only a small number of people who will be at a greater risk of developing breast cancer because they have a significant family history.

If you’re concerned that your family history may increase your risk, talk to your family doctor.  It’s helpful if you can find out as much information as possible about your family history before this discussion.  Our information about family history risk assessment  explains what details your doctor needs to know in order to assess you.

Do call our Helpline if you would like to talk this through or have any further questions. Your call will be confidential, and the number is free from UK landlines and all mobile networks.

The number is 0808 800 6000 (Text relay prefix 18001).

Our opening hours are Monday to Friday 9am - 4pm and 9am -1pm on Saturday. Out of hours you can leave a message and we will call you back when we next open.

Best wishes


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I have a family history of breast and ovarian cancer and I'm wondering if I should perform self-exams? There doesn't seem to be any concensus in the medical community about their utility and accuracy.

Thank you!