There’s no ‘right’ way to check your breasts. It’s all about getting to know what’s normal for you – how your breasts usually look and feel – and checking regularly for any unusual changes.
The best time to check your breasts is usually the week after your period, when your breasts aren’t as tender or lumpy. You can set a monthly reminder on our app Pre Check.
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It may be easier to check your breasts while you’re in the shower or bath, as your hands are wet. This makes it easier to slide your hand over your breasts.
An easy way to check your breasts is to:
If you have larger breasts, it may be easier to check when you’re lying down so your breast tissue is flatter.
Using your other hand, check all over your breast, including the nipple, up to the collarbone and under your arm. Swap the towel to your other shoulder and repeat on the other side.
With your hands on your hips, look at your breasts in a mirror. Notice their shape, colour and size. Then raise your arms above your head to check underneath the breast.
Check out the video above for more information on how to self-check.
Most breast changes aren’t caused by cancer but check with your doctor to be sure. If you’ve had a breast change checked out by your GP and they aren’t concerned but it continues to grow or change, it’s important to go back and have it checked again or seek a second opinion.
If you’re not sure about talking to your GP, tell someone you trust, like a girlfriend or your mum. They can support you to see your GP. BCFNZ also has nurses available, who can give you free advice. Get in touch at 0800 226 8773 or firstname.lastname@example.org.