Instead of trying to give yourself monthly checks and worrying about whether you're doing it right, some experts suggest an easier at-home method that can help you stay safe: "Become breast aware," says Therese Bevers, MD, medical director of the Cancer Prevention Center at The MD Anderson Cancer Center. Touch your breasts each time you take a shower or bath to get a general sense of where they are lumpy and how your tissue feels. That way, you'll be aware of any changes that may occur. If you find something that doesn't feel right, reach out to your doctor immediately. Photo by Getty Images.
What It Feels Like
You may feel a smooth, but firm, lump-like a gumball. It may or may not be accompanied by pain.
What It Is
A growth of benign breast tissue made up of normal cells.
Who's At Risk
Women 15 to 35, African-American women and postmenopausal women taking