You can self exam your breast every month immediately after your period given that you still have your period. In the case that you are in menopause, you can pick a monthly date where you can self exam.
If you detect a lump or a hardnessthat was not present in your breast, do not panic as there is a great chance that it is benevolent. Only a specialist doctor, however, can verify that. Therefore, it is advisable that you consult with a doctor without delay.
How to conduct a self-examination of the breast
STEP 1Stand naked from the waist up in front of the mirror with your hands downwards, parallel to your body. Carefully observe your breasts (shape, size, symmetry), your skin and your nipples.
STEP 2While still being in front of the mirror, raise your hands and again observe the same things mentioned above.
STEP 3Press your nipple between your index finger and thumb and pay attention whether it excretes any fluids.
STEP 1Lie on your back and place a pillow under your left shoulder blade. Using your right hand (use the inside surface of your fingers, not only the tips of your fingers) examine your left breast by applying a soft but stable pressure and making circular motions alongside the surface of the breast. Later apply more pressure and repeat the same movements. Do not forget the nipple area and the area below the breast. Repeat the same on the right side.
STEP 2Then, place your hands in your armpit and palpate the area. Observe whether the nipple excretes any fluids.