Breast Self-Examination

Breast Self-Examination

bse_1Before a mirror and with your arms at your sides, then raised above your head, then pressing in and down on the hips and leaning forward, look carefully for changes in size and shape of the breasts. Look for dimpling, puckering, or changes in the skin texture. bse_2

The area to be examined should extend from the underarm to the collar bone, along the collar bone to the sternum (hard bone in the center of the chest), down the sternum to the bra band level, across at the bra band level to directly under the arm and up.

bse_3Use the sensitive pads of the middle three fingers and feel for lumps using a rubbing motion in dime-sized circles. Vary your pressure to feel different breast tissues.
bse_4 Lying down: “A” Cup or smaller — place a towel under shoulder of breast to be examined. Place hand of the same side as the breast to be examined under your head. “B” cup or larger — for the upper area only, lay on the side opposite the breast to be examined. Your shoulder on the same side as the breast to be examined should rotate back to the flat surface.
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Choose the pattern easiest for you: the circular, the vertical stripe or the wedge. After completing your pattern, stroke toward the nipple, squeeze gently to check for a discharge.


This information is not to be used as a replacement for medical advice. Should you have any questions or concerns, contact a medical professional immediately.

Another illustrated resource for the Breast Self Exam can be seen by clicking here.

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