What Should Breasts 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.

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 BreastCancer.org, lumps are most likely to be cancerous if they do not cause pain, are hard, unevenly shaped, and immobile.

How do you know if your breasts are healthy?

Breast changes to look out for

a change in the look or feel of your skin, such as puckering or dimpling. a new lump, thickening or bumpy area in one breast or armpit that is different from the same area on the other side. nipple discharge that’s not milky. bleeding from your nipple.

What should I feel in a breast exam?

Begin with a visual examination of your breasts

To inspect your breasts visually, do the following: Face forward and look for puckering, dimpling, or changes in size, shape or symmetry. Check to see if your nipples are turned in (inverted). Inspect your breasts with your hands pressed down on your hips.

Should both breasts feel the same?

Generally, abnormal lumps are only found in one breast and are not mirrored by a lump in the other. According to the National Cancer Institute, “If both breasts feel the same, it may be normal. Normal breast tissue can sometimes feel lumpy.”