Breast Self-Examination or BSE is a procedure used by women and teenagers to carefully examine both of their breasts every month. Detailed information on how to do breast self-examination is provided in our Section on Breast Health or Breast Cancer.
Every woman, from teenagers to older adults, should examine her breasts every month. This simple procedure takes only 10 minutes and gives important information. The purpose of breast self-examination or BSE is for a woman to:
- know how her breasts normally look and feel, and
- to discover any changes, especially lumps in the breasts, while they are still small.
By seeing the doctor at once for any changes that are found, a woman greatly increases the chances that if she has cancer, it can be cured. It’s also important to remember that some lumps and other changes in the breast don’t turn out to be cancer. For detailed information on how to do a Breast Self-Examination.