Dear Doctor: I have lumpy boobs. Should I be worried?

Stand in front of a mirror and have a good look at your breasts – the skin, your nipples, the shape. It’s also important to feel them regularly when you’re in the shower – I recommend about once every month. By doing this, you will learn the normal shapes and contours of your breast. A breast self-exam guide can be found here.

My next tip is to not panic if you do feel a lump. I know, I know. So much easier said than done! There’s not too many of us that haven’t had a mild panic at some point about our breast health. But reassuringly, more than 95 per cent of breast lumps are benign or not harmful.

Just make GP appointment as soon as you can if you have any concerns about the way they look and feel. So, in your case Talitha, I would recommend seeing your GP for a breast exam, as we are the experts in knowing which lumps and bumps are normal and which ones need further investigation with imaging or biopsy.

For women with a family history of breast cancer, I also recommend completing this self-assessment tool, that will help determine your risk and when you should start having regular mammograms and breast checks.

Dr Rebecca Goadby is a General Practitioner who is passionate about the health of women through every stage of their lives. Her approach is compassionate and holistic, with a focus on preventative medicine and mental health wellbeing.

Information found in this column is not meant to be a substitute for proper medical advice – please contact your doctor or a health professional to discuss your own medical needs.

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