Breast Self Examination

Do your self examination on the same day every month to encourage habit formation.

Frequency:

  • Once a month
  • 2-3 days after period

Area:

  • Breast and armpit (while raising arm for each side)

Directions:

  • In front of mirror, use pads of fingers, preferably with massage oil or shower gel, to check the area using various angles including:
  • Up and down
  • Wedges
  • Circles

Make note of any:

  • lumps
  • skin dimpling
  • change in skin color
  • change in skin texture
  • nipple deformation, color change or leaks of any fluids

Report all abnormal findings to your medical professional.