Breast self-examination is easy to do and can be performed in the privacy of your home. It needs no special equipment and includes both looking and feeling over the entire breast and chest area. Women who examine their breasts should also undergo regular examination and mammography screening with their health care professionals, as some women do not experience any symptoms. The best time for a woman to examine her breasts is when they are not tender or swollen. Women who are pregnant or breast-feeding can also choose to examine their breasts regularly.
Stand in front of a mirror with your hands on your hips in a relaxed manor, and look at your breasts. Look carefully for any changes in their appearance such as one breast being lower than then the other.
Lie down on a bed with your head slightly supported, Move your fingers around firmly in a circular motion until you have examined the entire breast. Repeat these steps with the other breast.
Perform a thorough examination of your nipples. You may want to do this in front of a mirror so you can see clearly. Look at your nipples, their size and shape, make sure there are no rashes and that they are in the normal position.
Repeat the same observations in step one but with your hands above your head. This is a good way to notice any changes in shape or texture as it stretches the skin out and flattens the breasts slightly.
Standing up straight raise one arm above your head and using the tips of your fingers press gently but firmly around your breast tissue. Repeat this step with the other breast.
Remember to visit your doctor if you have any questions regarding breast health. It is important that you understand your breasts and are able to spot abnormal changes early.