A rear view of an African American woman performing a breast self-examination (BSE) and is dressed in a towel framed against a brown-gold background.

Why You Should Consider Breast Self Examinations

  • Skin dimpling or irritation
  • Breast pain
  • Nipple pain or nipple retraction (turning inward)
  • A discharge from the nipple (other than breast milk)
  • Swelling of all or part of a breast (even if no distinct lump is felt)
  • Redness, scaliness, or thickening of the nipple or breast skin

When is Best

What Experts Say

How to Perform a Breast Self Examination