women breast cancer Health

How To: Self Breast Exam

Do you perform this life saving procedure correctly…or often enough? You have a plan for everything else, but do you have a plan for this?

Think about eight of the closest women in your life. This could be friends, family, co-workers, etc. If it’s not you who is diagnosed, it will be one of them. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and early detection is KEY!

Please share this with every female you know because you could end up saving their life.

Thank you to the National Breast Cancer Foundation for this wonderful visual aid and for showing us how a Self Breast Exam should be performed.


Using the pads of your fingers, move around your entire breast in a circular pattern moving from the outside to the center, checking the entire breast and armpit area. Check both breasts each month feeling for any lump, thickening, or hardened knot. Notice any changes and get lumps evaluated by your healthcare provider.


Visually inspect your breasts with your arms at your sides. Next, raise your arms high overhead.

Look for any changes in the contour, any swelling, or dimpling of the skin, or changes in the nipples. Next, rest your palms on your hips and press firmly to flex your chest muscles. Left and right breasts will not exactly match—few women’s breasts do, so look for any dimpling, puckering, or changes, particularly on one side.


When lying down, the breast tissue spreads out evenly along the chest wall. Place a pillow under your right shoulder and your right arm behind your head. Using your left hand, move the pads of your fingers around your right breast gently in small circular motions covering the entire breast area and armpit.

Use light, medium, and firm pressure. Squeeze the nipple; check for discharge and lumps. Repeat these steps for your left breast.

For More Information, please visit: http://www.nationalbreastcancer.org

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