How to check your breasts
You can check your breasts at home on your own very easily. Some women will find it easiest to check their breasts when their skin is wet, and prefer to do it in the bath or shower with soap. Check your breasts wherever you find it most comfortable.
There are two things you’ll need to do to check your breasts:
By sight: take a look at your breasts in the mirror, first with your arms by your sides, and then with your arms raised above your head. Things to look out for:
- Are they they their usual size, shape and colour?
- Are they evenly shaped?
- Is there any bulging or dimpling of the skin?
- Have your nipples changed colour, position or become pushed inwards (inverted)?
- Is there any fluid or discharge coming from the nipples?
- Is there any swelling, redness or a rash?
By touch: feel each of your breasts and armpits with your hand, up to your collarbone. Run your hand over each breast and up under your armpit to check for lumps or areas of thick breast tissue. Use a circular motion with the first few fingers of your hand and cover the entire breast. Look out for:
- Areas of hardened or thickened breast tissue