It is vital for anybody (and this includes men because breast cancer is not only confined to women even though there are more instances of women having it) who notices any changes in their breasts to have them checked. The obvious reaction is to panic if we think that there is any chance of us having cancer, but very often the check up is precautionary and there are other explanations for the changes.
Having said that, there are some times when it is cancer and is important that it is diagnosed as early as possible so that treatment has a better chance of being successful, because it will not go away on its own.
If you are unsure on the best ways to check your breasts for any lumps or changes, you could see your doctor, or the practice nurse, so that they can show you what to look for.
Changes in skin tone should also be noticed and examined by a doctor, as should any discharges. It is likely that your doctor will send you for a mammogram, which is a special x-ray to see if there needs to be any further explorations. This will not take long and as is a painless procedure.
Mammograms are routine procedures for women over the age of 50, but there should be no hesitation on the part of anyone who has even the slightest concern that they may have breast cancer.