What to Look For

When you do a breast self-exam you are looking for:

  • A hard lump or knot in or near the breast or in your underarm
  • A change in the way your breasts look or feel

If you find a lump or other change in one of your breasts, check out the other breast. If both breasts feel the same, the lumpiness is probably normal. Get to know your breasts better by doing breast self-exams. This will help you to tell the difference between how your breasts look and feel and any changes. Here are some other changes to look out for:

  • Dimpling, puckering, or ridges on the skin of the breast
  • A nipple that is pushed inward instead of sticking out
  • Redness, warmth, swelling, or pain
  • Itchy, scaly sore or rash on the nipple
  • Nipple discharge other than breast milk
  • Change in color, shape, size, or texture of a breast

If you see or feel any of these changes, see your doctor right away.

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