Your guide to Breast Self-Exam

Early detection is key

Early detection is key for early treatment and better prognosis for breast cancer patients. You are best familiar with your body, and utilizing correct self-examination techniques can help you detect any small changes that may be a concern. It is important to know that not all changes are traceable in self-exam. Follow the guidelines of your physician and local health organization on when to take breast screening tests, such as mammography and ultrasound.

What is the best way for breast self-exam?

Follow our illustrated guide below to learn how to perform a breast self-examination. Make sure to also visit your physician regularly or with any noticed changes to your breasts.

How often should I self-exam my breasts?

It is recommended to perform breast self-exam monthly. The better you are familiar with your breasts, the better you can recognize any possible changes. Several days after your period, your breasts are less likely to feel swollen or tender during the self-exam.

How to perform Breast Self-Exam if I have breast implants?

If you have breast implants, make sure to ask your surgeon to guide you on how to differentiate between the breast tissue and the edges of the implant, so that you can feel confident with breast self-examination.


HOW TO PERFORM A BREAST SELF EXAM
 

  1. USE YOUR FINGERTIPS

Use your fingertips to examine your breasts. You can easily check while lying down when you wake up in the morning or before you go to sleep at night.

  1. EXAMINE BREASTS ANDARMPITS

Use your opposite hand to feel your breast. Keep fingers straight and together and use the fingertips with a firm touch.

  1. USE UP AND DOWN OR CIRCULAR MOTIONS

You can use a circular motion, or opt for an up and down approach. There is no right or wrong way to do it, choose what feels most comfortable to you.

  1. TAKE NOTE OF ANYTHING UNUSUAL

It might be a fluid leakage, a lump, swelling or redness. In any case don’t panic, it is probably not cancerous, but you must take action to make sure you are OK!


For your convenience, download the Self-Exam guide here.