Show of hands, and be honest! how many of you do a regular self-exam?
Yeah, me neither.
LifeHacker posted a great article (with NSFW videos because naked is bad) about how and why doing a breast and/or testicular exams are important.
I’m also going to add in one more: feel your lymph nodes that are in your underarms. Most women (like me!) feel them and freak out thinking it’s a lump. It is, but it’s a “lump” that’s supposed to be there.
Get to know how they feel normally, that way you know what’s normal for YOU and what’s not. If you know what normal feels like, you’ll be able to tell your doctor what feels wrong. Do they feel stiffer? Larger? Smaller? Squishier? The more information you can present your doctor, the better they’ll be at figuring out just what is wrong.