Performing a self-breast check doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Start by standing in front of a mirror and observing any changes in size, shape, or skin texture. Raise your arms and check for dimpling, puckering, or nipple changes. Then, in the shower, apply soap and use the pads of your fingertips to gently explore your breasts. Imagine your breast is a clock face and gently press and move around the breast tissue in small circular motions across the entire breast. Feel all around the breast, including under your arm, around to the side of your chest and underneath where the underwire of your bra would sit at the bottom and side of the breast. Make sure you check higher up above your breast, as the ‘tail’ of the breast reaches up here as well.
The goal of self-breast checks is to empower early detection. By using soap, you amplify the effectiveness of your checks, enabling you to identify potential signs and symptoms of breast cancer and seek medical advice promptly. By getting to know how your breasts usually look and feel, it will make it easier to spot anything unusual.
Detecting breast cancer in its early stages significantly improves treatment outcomes and enhances your chances of a positive prognosis.