This is a very easy breast check a woman can undertake herself in the privacy of her own home, and is very important to your health.
So when is the right time?
The best time is 3-5 days before your periods start, and on a monthly basis, preferably the same time each month. Your breasts should not be as lumpy or tender at this time. Even postmenopausal women can do regular monthly checks and it helps to do it on the same day every month also.
How do I do it?
- Begin by lying down.
- Place your right hand behind your head. With the middle fingers of your left hand, gently yet firmly press down using small circular motions to examine the entire right breast.
- Next, sit or stand. Feel your armpit for any lumps.
- Gently squeeze the nipple, checking for discharge.
- Repeat the process on the left breast.
- Also look at both breasts and check for areas of dimpling and hardening of tissues with both arms up and down.
- Use one of the patterns shown in the diagram to make sure that you are covering all of the breast tissue.
Your goal is get used to the feel of your breasts. This will help you to find anything new or different. If you do, call your health care provider right away &/or consider a Breast Thermography.