How to do a breast self-exam

By admin
13 October 2014

Its breast cancer awareness month and it’s not just about wearing pink. One step t beating breast cancer is finding out if you have it sooner rather than later. The best way to do this is doing regular self exams.


Put your fingers flat on your breast and mover them in slow cirles from the center of your breast to your armpits. Make sure to check the whole breast for any, lump, thickening, or hardened knot. Check both breasts carefully and consult a doctor about any changes in the feeling of your breasts or any concerns.


Look at your breasts from different angles; look out for any dimpling swelling, changes in your nipples or puckering. Do this with your hands at your sides the raised above your head, put your hands on your hips and tighten your chest muscles carefully inspecting your breasts.

Keep in mind that your breasts do not look exactly the same what you are looking for are changes since you last examined them.


When lying down, the breast tissue spreads out evenly along the chest wall. Put a pillow under your right shoulder and your right arm behind your head. Using your left hand, put your fingers flat on your breasts and move in circles usin light, medium, and firm pressure until you’ve cvhecked the whole breast up to your armpit . Squeeze the nipple; check for discharge and lumps. Repeat these steps for your left breast.

-         Adapted from national breast cancer. Org