Being told that you have breast cancer can come as a huge shock and it may be particularly unexpected because of your younger age.
You may find it difficult to take in your diagnosis or you may question if it is really true. You might have little knowledge or information about breast cancer and feel unprepared to make decisions about your treatment.
We are here to support you. This page highlights a selection of our expert information, free services and publications that are specifically relevant to younger people with breast cancer.
Breast cancer is not common in younger women. Because of this, being diagnosed at a young age can sometimes be a very isolating experience.
For instance, you will be less likely to meet other women in a similar situation when attending clinic appointments. It can also mean making choices about your future far sooner than you may have expected.
How do I check my breasts?
There’s no right or wrong way to check your breasts. Try to get used to looking at and feeling your breasts regularly. Remember to check all parts of your breast, your armpits and up to your collarbone.
What changes should I look and feel for?
Nobody knows your body like you do,so you’re the best person to notice any unusual changes.
- Changes in size or shape.
- Changes in skin texture such as puckering or dimpling.
- Inverted nipple.
- A lump or thickening of breast tissue.
- Redness or a rash on the skin/around the nipple.
- Discharge from one or both nipples.
- Constant pain in breast or armpit.
- Swelling in armpit/around collarbone.