40% of diagnosed breast cancers
are detected by women who feel a lump.

A monthly breast exam is your first line of defense.

You can perform a self-exam in the shower, in front of a mirror, or while lying down. Note any changes month-to-month and get lumps evaluated by your healthcare provider!

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In the Shower

Use the pads of your fingers to move around your entire breast in a circular pattern moving from the outside to the center, checking the entire breast AND the armpit area. Check both breasts each month feeling for any lump, thickening, or hardened knot.

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Using a Mirror

First, 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.

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Lying Down

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.