How to check your boobs: A guide

It’s so easy

The hypochondriac fears every twinge. This has always been true; now that we live online it is exacerbated. The likelihood is it’s a headache, not a stroke; a hangover, not appendicitis. Online diagnosis is usually farfetched and fears the worst.

On the other hand, there is a staunch brigade that insists that the internet is useless on all matters of self-care. And while spending four hours down a rabbit hole, clicking from hyperlink to hyperlink and concluding that you have definitely got Alzheimers is a ridiculous way to behave, going online for a quick check on a definitive issue is sensible.

One you should Google: how to check your boobs. It’s very quick, very easy, and 1 in 8 women in the UK will develop breast cancer in their lifetime – so it’s very important.

You probably have a shower ever day – do it then. You probably put a bra on most days – do it then. You might have a willing accomplice – get them to do it.


For a guide on ‘how’ to do it, check out the below infographic from breast cancer awareness charity Coppafeel and then make it part of your routine. You’ll see there’s no ‘right’ way, just get on with it.

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Ultimately, you manage to find 20 minutes a day to scroll through photos that you took, on your own phone, while you are slack-jawed and slumped across two seats on the bus. This will take you five – the earlier breast cancer is diagnosed the more successful the treatment is likely to be.

But if you do discover something a bit strange, don’t Google it – that’s when you do visit the doctor for confirmation.