Breast self-examination should be done once a month so you become familiar with the usual appearance and feel of your breast. Familiarity makes it easier to notice any changes in the breast from one month to another. Early discovery of a change from what is ‘normal’ is the main idea behind the self-examination. The outlook is much better if you detect cancer in an early stage. If you menstruate, the best time for breast self-examination is 2 or 3 days after your period ends, when your breasts are likely to be tender or swollen. If you no longer menstruate, pick a day such as the first day of the month to practise breast self-examination.
The visual guide below illustrates succinctly how to achieve result-yielding breast self-examination.