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November 22, 2022 3 min read

At No.1 bra, we think that every month should be recognised as breast health awareness month. It's crucial to frequently examine your breasts every week if possible and be alert to any changes in your body or breasts.  

A weekly check list will help you get to know your body and all its little lumps and bumps. Knowing your breasts will help youto recognise when something is wrong. Usually, on a Sunday morning, the most peaceful and convenient time to check, we support the ladies by reminding them to perform a boob check. We are encouraging you to establish a new habit for yourself if you do this once a week. 

Self-Awareness is key!  


Our 3-step guide to checking your breasts 

  1. Starting by removing your top and bra - standing in front of a mirror is suggested. 
  2. Check there haven't been any significant changes.These changes could be differencesto your skin's texture, dimples in the skin,any red areas, rashes, orthe size and shape of your breast. Additionally, keep an eye out for any odd nipple discharge or changes to the nipple. 
  3. Next, lie down on a bed. When you merely lift your arm above your head, your boobs will flatten out like a fried egg. Then with a flat hand, work your way up into your underarm and around your breast, checking for anything unusual.  


What to do if you notice anything different 

Finding something different in your breasts doesn’t mean a cause for alarm, many women have breast variations throughout their lives. However, you should get in touch with your GP if you see anything that doesn't seem right. 

Similar to this, it's not always a bad sign if some parts of your breasts hurt when you touch them. Wait a few days to see whether the breast pain goes away on its own. Other causes of breast pain include PMS, hormonal fluctuations, even slightly overdoing it at the gym. Call your doctor if your breast pain persists as early detection is crucial. 

Please remember that finding a lump or other abnormality is potentially going to be nothing to worry about; in fact, according to NHS statistics, 9 out of 10 breast lumps turn out to be benign, meaning they are not cancerous. In light of this,please try not to be alarmed. 


What happens at a breast exam? 

After scheduling an appointment with your doctor, a nurse will inquire about the following: 

  • Any irregularities you have discovered.
  • Your medical history 
  • Any surgeries you have had 
  • If there is a history in your family of cancer  

She will then perform a painless assessment similar to our Sunday morning boob check. They'll make sure you're as comfortable as possible throughout the exam. 

Once you have had the initial assessment, they might recommend a scan or additional investigation. Don't worry, these are all regular tests, and being referred to the breast clinic is typically just to be on the safe side.  


These checks are here to help you know your body 

Checking your breasts is a completely normal thing which you shouldn’t feel self-conscious about. Learning how to check your breasts properly is essential and we encourage mums to teach their daughters it is nothing to feel self-conscious about. In between breast exams, you should also make your breast health a priority by making sure the bras you’re wearing are not digging into you and don’t have a negative impact on your breasts.  

At No.1 Bra, all of our bras are specially designed using our patented technology for maximum comfort. We’ve revolutionised the underwire, shaping it away from the breast tissue to be in line with the natural the shape of the breast, rather than traditional horseshoe-shaped underwires that dig and pinch.  

We have a ‘no dig guarantee’, so you never have to be worried about your breast health in your No.1 bra.  

Breast health is one of our main concerns, which is why we designed a bra with women’s bodies in mind.Shop our bras online today or pop into our shop for a face-to-face consultation. We have a highly successful free fitting service over the phone or in store with our experts.  


To summarise 

  • Follow our boob check routine on a Sunday morning to get to know your normal shape. This will ensure you feel confident and comfortable noticing any changes. 
  • Make sure you feel all around, the breast tissue extends right up under your armpit, remember to have a peak in the mirror and lay flat down to have a feel. 
  • If in doubt, please don’t hesitate to contact your GP and get checked.