How to check your breasts

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women worldwide, so it’s vitally important that you check your breasts every month.

How to check your breasts

Checking your breasts only takes a few minutes. There’s no special technique and you don’t need training.

Check the whole breast area, including your upper chest and armpits.

Do this monthly to check for changes.

It’s as simple as TLC: Touch Look Check.

Touch your breasts: can you feel anything unusual?

Look for changes: does anything look different?

Check any changes with your doctor.

If you have felt or seen anything unusual, please get in touch with us to make an appointment with one of our specialists.

Step 1

Stand before a mirror. Inspect both breasts for anything unusual, such as any discharge from the nipples, puckering, dimpling or scaling of the skin.

The next two steps are designed to emphasise any change in the shape or contour of your breasts. You should be able to feel your chest muscles tighten while doing these steps.

Step 2

Watching closely in the mirror, clasp hands behind your head and press hands forward.

Step 3

Next, press hands firmly on hips and bow slightly toward your mirror as you pull your elbows and shoulders forward.

Some women do steps 4 and 5 in the shower. Fingers glide over soapy skin, making it easy to concentrate on the texture underneath.

Step 4

Raise your left arm. Use three or four fingers of your right hand to explore your left breast firmly, carefully and thoroughly. Beginning at the outer edge, press the flat part of fingers in small circles, moving the circle slowly around the breast. Gradually, work toward the nipple. Be sure to cover the entire breast. Pay special attention to the area between the breast and the armpit, including the armpit itself. Feel for any unusual lump or mass under the skin. Repeat the exam on your right side.

Step 5

Gently squeeze each nipple and look for discharge.

Step 6

Steps 4 and 5 should be repeated lying down. Lie flat on your back, right arm over your head and a pillow or folded towel under your left shoulder. This position flattens the breast and makes it easier to examine. Use the same circular motion described earlier. Repeat on your right breast.

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You can also download our breast cancer leaflet here.