Breast Self Examination

Stand before a mirror. Raise one arm, with fingers flat, touch every part of each breast, gently feeling for a lump or thickening. Use your right hand to examine your left breast, your left hand for your right breast.

With arms at your sides, then raised above your head, look carefully for changes in the size, shape, and contour of each breast. Look for puckering, dimpling or changes in skin texture. Gently squeeze both nipples and look for discharge.

Lying down

  • Place a towel or pillow under your shoulder and your right hand behind your head. Examine your right breast with your left hand.
  • Finger flat, press gently in small circles, starting at the outermost top edge of your breast and spiraling in towards the nipple. Examine every part of the breast. Repeat with left breast.
  • With your arm resting on a firm surface, use the same circular motion to examine the underarm area, this is breast tissue, too.

This self examination is not a substitute for periodic examinations by qualified physician.

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