Following is a guide to performing a Breast Self Exam (BSE). For an interactive BSE how-to, visit www.komen.org/bse. This online tool provides BSE instruction through animation, audio clips and text in both English and Spanish.
Just as your period ends (or at the same time each month if you do not have periods), check for any change in the normal look or feel of your breasts. Report any changes to your doctor or nurse. Go for regular breast exams and ask about a mammogram.
Step One: Lying Down
Feel for a hard lump, thickening or any change in your breast tissue.
The steps may be repeated while bathing or showering using soapy hands.
Step Two: In Front of the Mirror
Look for changes in the shape, size or appearance of your breasts. Look for dimpling, rash or puckering of the skin or nipple, nipple discharge or any change from normal. Inspect your breasts in four steps:
For more information about breast health or breast cancer, please call the Komen National Toll-Free Breast Care Helpline 1-800 I'M AWARE (1-800-462-9273) or visit www.komen.org. The Komen Foundation does not provide medical advice.
Download a PDF of the Breast Self Exam (English and Spanish). This card illustrates and describes the technique of breast self-examination in both English and Spanish.