Breast Self-Exam (BSE)
Your breasts change throughout your life. But monthly breast
self-exams can help you learn what is normal for you. That way, you are
more likely to notice any unusual changes. Try to check your breasts one
week after your period each month. If you don’t have periods, aim for
the first of each month.
Look for Changes
Look in the mirror with your hands at your sides. Then raise
your arms. Do you see any flattening, bulging, or puckering on your
breasts? Next, raise your arms, then put your hands on your hips. Look
for changes in your breast movement or shape as you move your arms.
Feel for Changes
Lie on your side with a pillow under your right shoulder. Put
your right arm above your head. (You can also do this exam in the
shower with soapy hands.)
Feel your right breast with your left hand.
Use an up-and-down pattern. Use the same pattern each month.
Use the pads of your three middle fingers. Move over the breast in small circles (the size of a dime).
Feel for lumps or thickening.
Repeat on your left side.
Note any discharge from your nipple.
When to Call Your Doctor
Call your doctor if you find any of the following:
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