Breast self-exam The cor­rect way to ex­am­ine your breasts

Ex­am­ine your breasts once a month for 15 min­utes long. If you are breast­fead­ing, ex­am­ine your breasts di­rectly af­ter you have breast­fed your baby

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HANDS ON YOUR HIPS

Stand un­dressed from the waist up with your hands on your hips. Look at the shape of your breasts. Look at their size and form. Do you no­tice any changes to the skin and tex­ture?

Have a look at your nip­ples and are­o­las. Do they look healthy?

RAISE YOUR ARMS ABOVE YOUR HEAD

Stand un­dressed from the waist up and raise your arms above your head.

Do your breasts move in the same man­ner?

Look at the shape, size and tex­ture of your breasts. Check to see how they hang and if they are sym­met­ri­cal.

Do the nip­ples or are­o­las have dim­ples or lumps?

Check your armpits for any swelling of the lymph nodes.

STAND AND STROKE

Raise your left arm above your head. Use the fin­gers on your right hand to gen­tly put pres­sure on the left breast.

Stroke your breast from top to bot­tom and move the in­side of the breast to­wards the armpit. Also per­form cir­cu­lar move­ments.

Make sure to ex­am­ine your en­tire breast.

Do you no­tice any changes to the tex­ture, colour or size? Re­peat with the right breast. Do this in the shower while the skin is wet, soapy and slip­pery.

EX­AM­INE YOUR NIP­PLES

Stand un­dressed from the waist up with your arms re­laxed to your sides.

Softly pinch your left nip­ple with the fin­gers on your right hand. Does the nip­ple re­tract? Check for dis­charge (flu­ids). Re­peat with the right breast.

LY­ING DOWN

Lie down and place a small pil­low un­der your head and shoul­ders.

Place your left hand be­hind your head. Ex­am­ine the left breast and un­der­arm. Are there any changes in tex­ture, colour or size?

Re­peat on the right breast.

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