9.Continuing the breast exam, lie down and place a small pillow or folded towel under your left shoulder. Put your left hand behind your head. Place your right hand on the upper portion of your left breast with fingers together and flat. Body lotion may help to make palpation easier during the breast exam.
10. Think of your breast as a face of a clock. Start the breast exam at 12 o’clock and move toward 1 o’clock in small circular motions. Continue around the entire circle back to 12. Keep your fingers flat and inconstant contact with your breast. When the circle is completed, move in one inch toward the nipple and continue in another circle. Continue the breast exam in this pattern until your entire breast has been palpated. Make sure to palpate the upper outer areas which extend into your armpit.
11. Continuing the breast exam, place your fingers flat and directly on top of your nipple. Feel beneath the nipple for any changes. Gently press your nipple inward. It should move easily.
Now place a pillow or folded towel underneath your right shoulder and place your right hand behind your head. Repeat steps nine, ten and eleven of the breast exam on your right breast.