Tell me what to expect when examining my breasts

The most common type of screening for breast cancer is the physical examination done by your healthcare provider or by yourself.  Although self-examinations are now not recommended by the United States Preventative Services Task Force (U.S.P.S.T.F.), they can be useful when done in the right way.  It is important to know your breasts, because a certain amount of lumpiness is expected. This drawing shows where tenderness and thickening will be caused by an over-the-shoulder purse, or the shoulder strap of the seat belt, especially in women who are under 5’5” and who have a full ‘B’ cup or larger. If there is a difference in the size of your breasts, the bra wire will cause disproportional irritation of the outer edge of the larger breast.  If the one...