In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Humber Diagnostic Center is doing a 4-part series on actionable things that everyone can do to take care of themselves and those around them.

According to Health Canada, breast cancer is the 2nd most common cancer in Canada and the #1 cancer affecting women across the country. This is the first installment ofHumber Diagnostic Center’s 4-part series on Breast Cancer.

Increase your (breast) awareness

Superstar athlete Serena Williams sang it best: Touch Yourself.


We recommend that all women – in their 20s, 30s, 40s, and up, as well as those who get regular screenings – should get to know the shape, texture, and size of their breasts
It could just be a couple of times a month, before or after you jump in the shower. Spend a few minutes to check for any of the following symptoms: swelling, redness, lumps, bumps, unusual pain, liquid, or discharge from the nipples.

Keep in mind that breasts come in all different sizes and shapes. Some breasts are normally lumpy, for example. The purpose of breast awareness is to notice something that is unusual for you.

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If you find any of these symptoms, don’t panic – call your family doctor and book an appointment for expert advice.

Our family physicians at North York Medical Center are currently accepting new patients and are conducting in-person appointments during COVID.

For further instructions on how to self-exam, visit for a step-by-step and visual guide.