Breast Self Exam
If you have questions about how to do your Breast Self Exam after reviewing this information, you can call one of our skilled and caring Nurse Navigators/Cancer Care Coordinators. This self-exam is not a substitute for periodic examinations by a qualified physician.
In the Shower
Raise one arm. With fingers flat, touch every part of each breast, gently feeling for a lump or thickening.
Use your right hand to examine your left breast and your left hand for your right breast.
Before a Mirror
With arms at your sides, then raised above your head, look carefully for changes in the size, shape, and contour of each breast.
Look for puckering, dimpling, or changes in skin texture. Gently squeeze both nipples and look for discharge.
Place a towel or pillow under your right shoulder and your right hand behind your head.
Examine your right breast with your left hand.
Fingers flat, press gently in small circles, starting at the outermost top edge of your breast and spiraling in toward the nipple.
Examine every part of the breast. Repeat with left breast.
With your arm resting on a firm surface, use the same circular motion to examine the underarm area.
This is breast tissue, too.