U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


Breast Self-Examination

Breast Problems in Women

Answer questions on a flow chart that describe breast problems experienced by women--lumps, pain, discharge or skin problems that signal both minor and more serious problems. Follow the flow chart to learn about symptoms, diagnosis, and self-care.

Review Date: January 02, 2013

American Academy of Family Physicians

How to Perform a Breast Self-Examination

It's easy to perform a breast self-examination (BSE). and it only takes a few minutes. A BSE can help women detect cysts or other benign (noncancerous) breast problems between checkups. It can also help some women detect breast cancer.

Review Date: November 13, 2014

The Nemours Foundation

The Five Steps of a Breast Self-Exam

Examining your breasts is an important way to find breast cancer early, when it's most likely to be cured.

Review Date: October 31, 2014


When You Discover a Lump- (PDF)

This brief, step-by-step guide will help you to understand the steps doctors take to distinguish a benign from a cancerous lump, including diagnostic mammography, ultrasound, MRI and biopsy.

Review Date: June 27, 2012

Susan G. Komen for the Cure