October 14, 2019

How to Check Your Boobs for Breast Cancer

Don't be afraid to cop a feel! Find out why and how you should check your boobs for breast cancer.

by Cassy Nueboo
How to Check Your Boobs for Breast Cancer

Here at Nueboo HQ, we're all about helping you feel confident about your boobs. That's why we want to make sure you know the signs of breast cancer - so that you can feel confident about checking for them yourself.

Let's get real for a minute. Around 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer at some point, making it the second most-diagnosed cancer in US women after skin cancer.

And it's not just an 'older lady' problem either. Every year in the US, about 70,000 people are diagnosed who are aged 15 to 39. That's why it's so important that you - yep, you - start regularly checking your boobs right away.

Luckily, it's super simple.

Remember to check your boobs



It's up to you where you want to give yourself a boob exam. In bed, in the bath, standing by a mirror... whatever's convenient.

A boob check should be a monthly habit. We recommend setting a recurring reminder on your phone so you won't forget.

Now, want to know a secret? You've got bigger boobs than you thought you had! Well, more breast tissue anyway. It stretches all the way up to your collarbones and underarms, so be sure to check those areas too.

You might find is easier to check for lumps if you lift the arm on that side above your head. And you'll feel small bumps more easily by using a couple of fingers rather than your whole palm.

All set? Then check for the signs below.

breast cancer self exam


  • New lumps, even small ones
  • Swelling
  • Changes in skin texture (anything from a new dimple to 'boob cellulite')
  • Unexplained, long-lasting pain
  • Leaking nipples
  • Rashes or crusting around the nipple
  • Changes in nipple shape (such as pointing inwards)
  • A boob suddenly getting larger or changing shape

You can have one of these symptoms and have nothing to worry about. For example, some people's boobs ache with every period or naturally feel a little lumpy.

That's why it's super important to self-exam on the regular. By getting to know your pair, you'll know right away when something's different.

And if it is? Then make an appointment to have your boobs checked by a professional. It may be a little awkward, but it may also save your life.

Now go set that reminder!