How do you check for breast cancer at home? Look at your breasts directly and in the mirror. Look for changes in skin texture, such as dimpling, puckering, indentations, or skin that looks like an orange peel. Also note the shape and outline of each breast. Check to see if the nipple turns inward.
Can breast cancer be detected through self examination? A breast self-exam isn’t a substitute for a breast exam by your doctor (clinical breast exam) or a screening mammogram. Becoming familiar with the normal look and feel of your breasts can supplement breast cancer screening, but can’t replace it.
What does a lump in your breast feel like? What does a breast lump feel like? Breast tissue in and of itself can feel somewhat lumpy and sponge-like, so it can be hard to know if what you’re feeling is an actual lump or just normal breast tissue. “A breast lump will feel like a distinct mass that’s noticeably more solid than the rest of your breast tissue.
What are the 3 methods to perform a breast self examination? You may use 1 of 3 different methods — the circular method, the “wheel spokes” method, or the grid method. During breast self-exam, be sure to use the fat pads of the fingertips of the 3 middle fingers.