The Breast Cancer Network Australia offers instructions on self examination.
Become familiar with the normal look and feel of your breasts. There’s no right or wrong way to check your breasts for any changes. Try to get used to looking at and feeling your breasts regularly. You can do this in the bath or shower, when you use body lotion, or when you get dressed. Just decide what you are comfortable with and what suits you best.
Remember to check all parts of your breast, your armpits and up to your collarbone.
When you check your breasts, try to be aware of any changes that are different for you.
If you experience any of the follow please make an appointment to discuss this with the Doctor of your choice.
- a new lump in your breast or underarm (armpit) thickening,
- swelling of part of your breast irritation,
- dimpling of your breast skin redness,
- flaky skin in your nipple area or your breast pulling in of your nipple,
- pain in your nipple area,
- nipple discharge other than breast milk,
- any change in the size or the shape of your breast,
- pain in any area of your breast.