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Breast Imaging Unit - Breast Awareness

Breast Awareness

Women of all ages should be breast aware. Remember the 5 point breast awareness code:

  1. Know what is normal for you.
  2. Know what changes to look for.
  3. Look and feel.
  4. Discuss changes with your GP without delay.
  5. Attend for routine breast screening once aged 50 and over*.

 *If you are aged 50 to 69 you are eligible for BreastCheck, the National Breast Screening Programme. If this is the case you should register with them and an invitation will be sent in the post every 2 years with an appointment. To register you can contact call BreastCheck on 1800454555 or log onto


What is breast pain?

Breast pain (mastalgia) is a very common problem affecting two out of every three women at some point in their lives. Like any other breast problems, it is often worrying. However breast pain alone is very rarely a symptom of breast cancer.

There are two types of breast pain:

  • Cyclical – where the pain is related to the menstrual cycle.
  • Non-cyclical – where the pain is not related to the menstrual cycle, it can be due to injury or muscle/joint pain.

Keeping a pain diary for three consecutive months can help your doctor when referring you to either the Breast Clinic or Breast Imaging Unit. Be breast aware. See main page for breast awareness code.

For more information on breast pain, please click here to download our leaflet (When updated will get linked).

Alternatively you can download the 'NCCP Breast Pain App' from the App Store or the Android market.

GP Guideline: Guideline for Breast Pain.pdf (size 122.4 KB)

Breast pain booklet: Breast Pain - A Guide for Women.pdf (size 620 KB)

Breast Pain chart on its own: Pain Chart.pdf (size 119.6 KB)

You can print and scan the QR code to download App for the breast pain diary.