Know your breasts!
Regardless of your age, it is important to know and observe your breasts to spot any recent and lasting changes.
Pay attention to changes while performing your breast observation.
Be aware that it is normal for your breasts to change over your menstrual cycle. For example, they may become lumpier just before your period. Breast tissue also changes with age. Knowing what your breasts look and feel like normally allows you to talk with your doctor if you notice anything out of the ordinary.
A few years ago, doctors taught the breast self-exam, which is a precise method for observing any changes. However, recent research has shown that using one method over another isn’t necessary. The important thing is for every woman to be familiar with her entire breast area, including her nipples, collarbone and armpits, so she can detect what is normal and what is not.
Most changes detected when palpating the breast are not cancerous. For example, it may be normal for your breasts to have small lumps or to be more tender before your period. But stay alert to any persistent recent changes and, if in doubt, consult your doctor.
If you have any questions about breast observation, consult a general practitioner, gynecologist or nurse specialist. You can also contact us.