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How to Do a Breast Self-Exam

Women should perform breast self-exams just as their period ends each month or at the same time each month. Remember to report any abnormalities to your physician.

You should feel for a hard lump, thickening, or any change in your breast tissue:

  1. Lie down on your back with a pillow under your right shoulder.
  2. Use the pads of the three middle fingers on your left hand to examine your right breast.
  3. Press using light, medium, and firm pressure in a circular motion.
  4. Follow an up and down pattern.
  5. Feel for changes in your breast, above and below your , and in your armpit area.
  6. Repeat on your left breast using your right hand.