How to self-exam your breasts?

Self-exam is very important in order to detect any abnormality in your breasts. You should perform a self-exam at least once a month, but it is not a substitute for an appointment with your gynecologist or doctor.

You don't know how to do it? Don't worry, we'll explain everything to you.

Step 1

Look at yourself in the mirror, check that there is nothing abnormal (discharge of liquid, blood, cracks, dimples, folds or peeling skin through the nipple...).

Step 2

Use the tips of your three fingers to massage your breasts in small circles and check that there is nothing abnormal.

Step 3

Examine your entire breast from top to bottom as shown in the illustration and look for any abnormal lumps or indentations under the skin.

Step 4

Do this examination over the entire breast, not forgetting the armpit area! The majority of breast cancers develop in this area.

Step 5

Finally, pinch each nipple. If you notice any discharge or pain, see a doctor.

Here are a few tips : 

 

  • Preferably examine your breasts one week after your period ends.

  • A self-test is no substitute for a visit to your gynaecologist or doctor!

  • Repeat this examination once a month and if possible at the same time.

  • Cancer is not age-dependent, it's important to take care of your breasts from the time you are a teenager.

  • And don't forget, love your breasts and be proud of them ♥