How Do You Examine Your Breasts For Lumps?

How can you tell if you have small breast lumps?

Check both sides for lumps or thickenings above and below your collarbone.

With hands soapy, raise one arm behind your head to spread out the breast tissue.

Use the flat part of your fingers from the other hand to press gently into the breast.

Follow an up-and-down pattern, moving from bra line to collarbone..

What should I do if I feel a lump in my breast?

If you notice any breast changes, call your doctor right away to get it checked, but don’t panic. Most breast lumps are benign, which means they’re not cancer. Benign breast lumps usually have smooth edges and can be moved slightly when you push against them. They are often found in both breasts.

Where are breast cysts usually located?

Breast cysts may be found in one or both breasts. Signs and symptoms of a breast cyst include: A smooth, easily movable round or oval lump that may have smooth edges — which typically, though not always, indicates it’s benign.

Why do I feel a small ball in my breast?

Breast cysts. If you find a breast lump that feels round, smooth and firm, it could be a cyst — a dilated milk duct filled with fluid. A breast cyst can be large or small, and the surrounding breast tissue may be tender. A breast cyst may appear before your menstrual period and get smaller or disappear afterward.

Is it normal to have lumps in breast?

That’s understandable. But breast lumps are common, and most often they’re noncancerous (benign), particularly in younger women. Still, it’s important to have any breast lump evaluated by a doctor, especially if it’s new, feels different from your other breast or feels different from what you’ve felt before.

What does a lump in your breast feel like?

A cancerous lump may feel rounded, soft, and tender and can occur anywhere in the breast. In some cases, the lump can even be painful. Some women also have dense, fibrous breast tissue. Feeling lumps or changes in your breasts may be more difficult if this is the case.

What kind of lumps are normal in breasts?

Cysts, which are fluid-filled lumps, are common in the breast and are benign. They form when fluid builds up inside breast glands, and tend to be smooth or round. Fibroadenomas, which are benign tumors made up of glandular and connective breast tissue, are usually smooth and firm or rubbery to the touch.

When should you check your breasts for lumps?

The best time to do a monthly self-breast exam is about 3 to 5 days after your period starts. Do it at the same time every month. Your breasts are not as tender or lumpy at this time in your monthly cycle. If you have gone through menopause, do your exam on the same day every month.

What should you feel during a self breast exam?

Your goal is to feel different depths of the breast by using different levels of pressure to feel all the breast tissue. Use light pressure to feel the tissue closest to the skin, medium pressure to feel a little deeper, and firm pressure to feel the tissue closest to the chest and ribs.

Why do I feel a ball in my breast?

There are different reasons why breast lumps develop. Most lumps are not cancerous and do not pose any risk. Causes include infection, trauma, fibroadenoma, cyst, fat necrosis, or fibrocystic breasts. Breast lumps may develop in both males and females, but they are much more common in females.