Doing a Breast Self Exams is an important part of women’s health. It’s easy and you can and should do this on a regular basis. Follow these step-by-step instructions.
What You Need to Look For:
Any lumps (may or may not be painful or tender)
Unusual thickening or swelling of your breasts
Any changes in the skin of your nipples or breasts, such as puckering, dimpling, scaly skin or other skin changes
Any unusual increase in the size of one breast
Bloody or sticky discharge from your nipples
If one breast unusually lower than the other
How to Check Your Breast : Breast-Self Exam
1. Start by standing in front of a mirror. Look at your breasts with your arms at your side, then with your arms raised behind your head, and last with your arms on your hips and your chest muscles flexed.
2. Now raise your left arm and use the pads of your first 3 fingers of your right hand to feel in and around your armpit.
3. Do the same thing with the other armpit.
4. Next, lie down with a pillow under your left shoulder. Put your left hand behind your head and feel your left breast with the pads of the 3 middle fingers on your right hand. Start at the outer edge and work around your breast in small circles, getting closer to your nipple with each circle. After you’ve finished checking your breast, squeeze your nipple gently and look for fluid coming out of the nipple.
5. Do the same thing to your right breast with a pillow under your right shoulder.
Your breasts can also be checked while you are taking a bath. It is easier to feel lumps when your skin is wet.
When Should You Check Your Breasts:
If you are 20 years of age or older you should check your breasts monthly, preferably one week after your period.