1. In the Shower

  • After skin is wet and soapy, put one hand behind your head.
  • With fingers flat (do not use fingertips), move your hand over the entire breast area.
  • Use right hand for left breast, left hand for right breast.
  • Use one of the three ways below to examine your breasts. Choose the method your healthcare professional recommends at the time of your clinical breast exam. Use the same way each time.

2. Lying Down

  • Place a pillow or a towel under your right shoulder and your right hand behind your head.
  • Follow the same technique as in shower. Use your right hand for left breast, left hand for right. Check for lumps, knots or thickening.
  • Examine your entire breast area, including the underarm. Repeat on left.

3. Before a Mirror

  • With your hands at your sides, check for changes in the shape, size or skin texture of your breasts.
  • Raise your arms overhead and check again. Note any skin dimpling, swelling or redness.
  • Check for changes in nipple or unusual discharge.

This guide is not intended as a replacement for medical care. For complete diagnosis and treatment, see your doctor.

Report any changes or irregularities to your healthcare professional right away.

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