Check your breasts once a month, seven to 10 days after the start of your period, when your breast tissue is the least swollen or tender. If you no longer menstruate, set a fixed date each month to conduct the self-check.
WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR:
A lump that persists A change in the size or shape of one breast
Dimpling or puckering of the skin (like orange peel)
Retraction (pulling in) of the nipple
Any clear or bloody nipple discharge
AND VARY THE PRESSURE…
Use light pressure to feel the tissue just under the skin, medium pressure to feel a little deeper and firm pressure to feel the tissue close to your breastbone and ribs. Use each pressure level to feel your breast tissue before moving on to the next spot. When feeling your breasts, use the pads of your hands on your three middle fingers – not your fingertips.