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
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.
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.