How To Perform a Breast Self-Exam
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How to Perform a Breast Self-Exam
One of the simplest ways to detect breast cancer early is by examining your own breasts. You’re the only person who knows how they feel and look.
Once you start to notice any particular changes, experience a tingling sensation or feel a lump, don’t hesitate to go to your doctor right away since these could be possible symptoms of breast cancer.
Although breast self-exam is not as accurate as mammography or MRI, this cancer-screening procedure is still considered a useful tool. In most cases, doctors would have women perform it before going through a more thorough physical examination and even mammography.
Breast self-exam is not only free but totally convenient for all women as well. There’s no need to use any equipment, and you can do it anytime and in any private place.
Doctors recommend women to perform breast self-exams at least once a month.
The question is: How can you perform a breast self-exam? Breastcancer.org has listed five simple steps on how you can perform a breast exam on yourself.
1. Examine your breasts in the mirror. Straighten your shoulders and place your arms on your hips. If you see your breasts looking their usual appearance and without any apparent swelling or distortion, that means you have nothing to worry about.
However, if you see any of these features, be sure to inform your doctor about it:
- An inverted nipple
- A nipple that has changed position
- Rash, redness, swelling, or soreness
- Puckering, bulging, or dimpling of the skin
2. Proceed to raise your arms and carefully look for the features mentioned above.
3. Keep your arms raised and look for signs of fluid coming from one or both of your nipples. The fluid could be milky, watery, or yellowish. It’s also possible that blood might come out.
4. You may then lie down to feel your breasts.
Use your right hand for your left breast and your left hand for your right breast. Touch them smoothly and firmly while keeping your fingers flat together. While feeling your breasts, it’s a good idea to use a circular motion.
Cover your whole breast—from your armpit to your cleavage, and from your collarbone to the top of your abdomen. See to it that you follow a pattern that can cover the entire area of the breast.
Start at the nipple until you reach the outer edge of your breast. You can also move your fingers up and down if that’s more comfortable for you.
It’s really important to feel all the tissue in your breast. Use light pressure for the skin and tissue just beneath it, medium pressure for tissue in the middle, and firm pressure for the deep tissue found in the back of your breasts.
5. Lastly, stand up or sit down and feel your breasts thoroughly. Use the same hand movements as instructed above, making sure to cover your whole breast area. Since many women find it easiest to feel their breasts with wet and slippery skin, you might want to try this step while you’re taking a shower.
There you have it! These are the five simple steps that can save your life by detecting breast cancer in its earliest stage.
In case you notice a lump, don’t panic yet. Lumps are not uncommon for many women. Oftentimes, most of these lumps turn out to be benign. Consult your primary care doctor or gynecologist for further evaluation.
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