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How to Give Yourself A Breast Exam: 3 Different Ways

In this is a step-by-step guide we break down  how to give yourself a breast exam. These options are recommended by the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Why you should check your breasts

Breast self-exam, or regularly examining your breasts on your own, can be an important way to find a breast cancer early, when it’s more likely to be treated successfully. While no single test can detect all breast cancers early, Breastcancer.org believes that performing breast self-exam in combination with other screening methods can increase the odds of early detection.

Typically its recommended to do a self-breast exam once a month. Its also important to make sure when you are examining your breast you have a raised arm so you are able to see around the entire area. To feel for changes in your breasts more accurately the underarm and collarbone are the areas to focus on. Below are three different ways you can give your breasts a self-examination.

how to give yourself a breast exam

#1 In the Shower

breast cancer self-exam in shower

This is one of those that’s super easy to do and honestly is pretty easy considering showing is part of most woman’s daily routine. With the pads/flats of your 3 middle fingers, check the entire breast and armpit area pressing down with light, medium, and firm pressure. Check both breasts each month feeling for any lump, thickening, hardened knot, or any other breast changes.

#2 In the Mirror

This is one of those that’s super easy to do and can be done on the regular. It’s important to visually inspect your breasts with your arms at your sides. Next, raise your arms high overhead. Look for any changes in the contour, any swelling, or dimpling of the skin, or changes in the nipples. Next, rest your palms on your hips and press firmly to flex your chest muscles. Left and right breasts will not exactly match—few women’s breasts do, so look for any dimpling, puckering, or changes, particularly on one side.

#3 Laying Down

self-breast exam

When lying down, the breast tissue spreads out evenly along the chest wall. Place a pillow under your right shoulder and your right arm behind your head. Using your left hand, move the pads of your fingers around your right breast gently covering the entire breast area and armpit. Use light, medium, and firm pressure. Squeeze the nipple; check for discharge and lumps. Repeat these steps for your left breast.

Although these are one way for you to give yourself a breast exam it’s always recommended that women above the age of 40 have mammograms performed by their doctor.

breast cancer and what to look for

When to be concerned…

  • Swelling in your armpit or around your collarbone
  • A lump or thickening that feels different from the rest of the breast tissue
  • The difference in size and shape
  • A red or redness around the nipple on the skin
  • Change in skin color  or texture (puckering or dimpling)
  • Nipple Deformation, color change or leaks of any fluid
  • Constant pain in the breast or your armpit
  • The nipple becoming inverted (pulled in) or changing in it’s position
  • Discharge (liquid) comes from the nipple without squeezing

Watch a Video and Learn How To Conduct a Breast Exam

 

We hope you found this guide helpful and encourage you to make self-examinations part of your regular routine in efforts to decrease the chances.

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Why you should check your breasts
Breast self-exam, or regularly examining your breasts on your own, can be an important way to find a breast cancer early, when it’s more likely to be treated successfully. While no single test can detect all breast cancers early, Breastcancer.org believes that performing breast self-exam in combination with other screening methods can increase the odds of early detection.

Typically its recommended to do a self-breast exam once a month. Its also important to make sure when you are examining your breast you have a raised arm so you are able to see around the entire area. To feel for changes in your breasts more accurately the underarm and collarbone are the areas to focus on. Below are three different ways you can give your breasts a self-examination.",
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Although these are one way for you to give yourself a breast exam it’s always recommended that women above the age of 40 have mammograms performed by their doctor.

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Swelling in your armpit or around your collarbone
A lump or thickening that feels different from the rest of the breast tissue
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A red or redness around the nipple on the skin
Change in skin color  or texture (puckering or dimpling)
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