Women (and sometimes even men) can get breast cancer. It is good to catch cancer early. Checking your breasts can help.
Do I Have to Check?
Some women want only their doctor to check. Other women like to check on their own. It is up to you.
What Do I Do to Check?
Here is one way. First, lay back on your bed. Put a pillow or towel under your right shoulder:
- Place your right hand behind your head.
- Check each part of your right breast with your left hand.
- Move your three middle fingers in a circle. Move your fingers all around your breast. Check for lumps, bumps, or thick spots.
- Now, check your left breast. Use your right hand. Do it the same way with your fingers.
What Should I Do If I Find a Lump?
A lump or bump can mean many things. If you find one, talk to your doctor. Don’t wait! Go see your doctor right away.