Yesterday, I did a post on Breast Cancer Awareness month. Although, a mammogram is considered the best way to fight against breast cancer. There is another way, checking your breasts. When I go to the doctors, I am reminded to check my breast for any lumps. This is one way to detect breast cancer early. I have been told by my doctor that if I feel a lump to call and schedule an appointment. I have yet to feel a lump that is in my breast. But, I do check just in case. By checking my breasts, I know that I am already taking a step in preventing a deadly disease. I hope that many women will do the same.
The best place to do a breast self-exam is in the shower, lying down, and/or in front of the mirror. I visited the National Breast Cancer for how to perform a self breast-exam in these three places. Here is the information below:
How Should A Breast Self-Exam Be Performed?
1) In the Shower
Using the pads of your fingers, move around your entire breast in a circular pattern moving from the outside to the center, checking the entire breast and armpit area. Check both breasts each month feeling for any lump, thickening, or hardened knot. Notice any changes and get lumps evaluated by your healthcare provider.
2) In Front of a Mirror
Visually inspect your breasts with your arms at your sides. Next, raise your arms high overhead.
Look for any changes in the contour, any swelling, or dimpling of the skin, or changes in the nipples. Next, rest your palms on your hips and press firmly to flex your chest muscles. Left and right breasts will not exactly match—few women’s breasts do, so look for any dimpling, puckering, or changes, particularly on one side.
3) Lying Down
When lying down, the breast tissue spreads out evenly along the chest wall. Place a pillow under your right shoulder and your right arm behind your head. Using your left hand, move the pads of your fingers around your right breast gently in small circular motions covering the entire breast area and armpit.
Use light, medium, and firm pressure. Squeeze the nipple; check for discharge and lumps. Repeat these steps for your left breast.
Here is the link: http://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/breast-self-exam. All of the information on how to perform a self breast-exam came from there. I hope that many women do check their breasts, after all one small check can stop a killer.