WOMEN who are unhappy with the size of their breasts are less likely to check them for signs of cancer, a study reveals.
They are also not as confident about detecting tell-tale changes and more likely to delay seeing a GP.
Getty – Contributor Women who are unhappy about the size of their breasts are less likely to check them for signs of cancer
Researchers from Anglia Ruskin University quizzed 384 British women on their breasts and attitude to cancer.
They found 31 per cent want smaller breasts and 44 per cent want larger. Some 33 per cent rarely or never examine themselves.
Just over half of women (55 per cent) said they would see a doctor immediately or as soon as possible if they noticed a worrying change.
But 8 per cent said they would delay for as long as possible and 2 per cent would not discuss the matter with their doctor at all.
Getty – Contributor Regularly checking your own breasts means potential problems can be flagged to doctors earlier – which boosts survival rates
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in Britain, with 55,000 new cases and 11,400 deaths a year.
The NHS says women are better able to detect changes to their breasts, which may indicate cancer, if they know how they look and feel normally.
Symptoms include a change in the size or shape of one or both breasts, discharge from either of the nipples and dimpling of the skin.
The earlier cancer is detected the greater the chances of survival.