Know Your Breasts

Know what is normal for your breasts. If you find any of the following, notify your provider.

Know Your Breast
  • Nipple discharge that starts spontaneously.
  • Pulling of the nipple with changes making it go inward. 
  • Lump or knot in the breast or under the arm that does not go away. 
  • Puckering or dimpling of the skin
  • Itchy, scaly rash of the nipple
  • Redness or warmth of the breast
  • Pain that does not go away

Breast Examination

MONTHLY SELF BREAST EXAMS

  • Women 20 years and older should perform self  breast exams monthly. Should be performed one week after your period.  

CLINICAL BREAST EXAMS

  • Women 20-39 years old should have a clinical breast exam at least every 2-3 years. If there is a significant family history , a breast exam should performed  yearly. Women 40 and above should have a clinical breast exam yearly. 

MAMMOGRAMS

  • Women 40 and older should have a yearly mammogram.  If you have a mother or sister with breast cancer you may need a mammogram earlier than 40. Ask your provider professional.

KNOW YOUR RISK

  • Talk to your family about you family history...
  • Talk to your provider about your risk.
Breast Self Examination