Breast Exam What To Feel For?

What should you feel when doing a breast exam?

Use light pressure to feel the tissue closest to the skin, medium pressure to feel a little deeper, and firm pressure to feel the tissue closest to the chest and ribs.

Be sure to use each pressure level before moving on to the next spot.

If you’re not sure how hard to press, talk with your doctor or nurse.

What does a lump in your breast feel like?

The feel of a breast lump depends on its cause, location, and growth. They can vary greatly from painful, hard, and immobile to soft, painless, and easily moveable. According to, lumps are most likely to be cancerous if they do not cause pain, are hard, unevenly shaped, and immobile.

How do you check your breasts for lumps?

By touch: feel each of your breasts and armpits with your hand, up to your collarbone. Run your hand over each breast and up under your armpit to check for lumps or areas of thick breast tissue. Use a circular motion with the first few fingers of your hand and cover the entire breast.

What should your breast feel like?

Normal breasts can be smooth or lumpy. Most lumps are due to normal changes in breast tissue that occur during development. Your breasts may also feel different or lumpy around the time of your period.