How to Perform a Self-Examination of Your Breasts: A Step-by-Step Guide

By: Akshita Gupta  For: Date: 1st March 2023

1. Choose a time: Choose a time of the month when your breasts are least likely to be tender or swollen. This may be a few days after your period has ended.

2. Look at your breasts in the mirror: Stand in front of a mirror and look at your breasts for any changes in size, shape, or contour. Also, check for any changes in the skin, such as dimpling, redness, or rash.

3. Check your nipples: Check your nipples for any discharge, sores, or changes in direction or shape.

4. Raise your arms and check your breasts: Raise your arms above your head and check your breasts for any lumps, thickening, or changes in texture.

5. Lie down and check your breasts: Lie down on your back with a pillow under your right shoulder and your right arm behind your head. Use the pads of your fingers on your left hand to examine your right breast. Move your fingers in a circular motion, from the outside of the breast toward the center, checking for any lumps or abnormalities. Repeat on your left breast.

6. Don't hesitate to seek medical attention: If you notice any changes during your self-examination, don't hesitate to seek medical attention. Your doctor may recommend further tests or procedures to rule out any serious conditions, such as breast cancer. Remember, early detection is key to successful treatment and recovery.