Performing Breast Self-Examination To Detect Breast Cancer


Performing Breast Self-Examination To Detect Breast Cancer

Breast self-examination is used to detect breast cancer in early stage. The women herself looks for the symptoms by looking at each breast and feeling them for possible lumps, swelling and distortions. Nowadays, there has been a dramatic increase in breast cancer among women. Thus, we would suggest you to take a few minutes every month and perform a breast self-exam. This can make a lifetime difference for you. Almost 70 % of all breast cancers are detected through self-exams, whereas if detected early the 5 years survival rate is almost 98 %. Have a self-check done and if you find any kind of lump, remember it is time to schedule an appointment with the family doctor. However, there is no need to panic, since 8 out of 10 lumps are doesn’t occur because of cancer. If you want to be on a safer side, we would suggest you to contact your doctor immediately when you have concerns.

PERFORMING A BREAST SELF-EXAM

  • When you are taking shower

When you are taking show, move your fingers gently over all part both breast. Examine your right breast by using your left hand and right hand for left breast. Ensure checking for any kind of lump, thickening or hard knot. Also, observe any kind of changes in your breasts carefully.

  • Standing before a Mirror

You should inspect both of your breasts by having your arms beside you. Now, move up your arms high over your head. Check for any contour changes of each breast, look for a swelling, or changes in the nipples and even a dimpling of the skin. Now place the palms on the hips and press them firmly, thus flexing your chest muscles. Remember, the left and right breasts of women hardly match, hence you don’t have to worry.

  • When you are lying down

When you are lying down, place one of the soft pillows under your right shoulder, at the same time put the right arm behind your head. Now, with flat left hand, gently press the right breast in small circular motions. You should move your hand vertically and in circular patterns, make sure that you cover the entire breast. Now, use light, yet firm pressure and squeeze your nipple. Look for any kind of discharge and lumps. Now, repeat the same steps for the left breast as well.

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One Response to Performing Breast Self-Examination To Detect Breast Cancer

  1. Sara says:

    I examine myself five time in a week.

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