Feel for any changes in breast tissue that could feel like a thickening, or a hard lump. Do this lying down, in the shower or bath when your hands are wet and soapy.
With your right hand behind your head, use the pads of the 3 middle fingers on your left hand to examine your right breast.
Using light pressure, then medium pressure, then firm pressure in a circular motion on your breast, follow an up and down pattern (diagrams A and B)
Now feel for any changes above and below your collarbone and in the area of your armpit.
Now repeat these steps on your left breast.
IF IN DOUBT, SEEK MEDICAL HELP AND INSIST ON AT LEAST AN ULTRASOUND OR MAMMOGRAM.
REGULAR SCREENING AFTER THE AGE OF 40 IS RECOMMENDED.
Not sure where to get a Mammogram or an Ultrasound?
Call the Breast Health Foundation helpline (0860 BUDDIE) for more information and to find your nearest clinic.