How To: Breast Self-Exam
Did you know that the National Breast Cancer Foundation recommends you perform a breast self-exam once a month? They say this is key for early detection, as nearly 40% of diagnosed breast cancers are found by women who feel a lump. Here's how you can do a breast self-exam on yourself -- and it's quick, easy, and may save a life!
Step 1: Put your arms on your hips, straighten your shoulders and examine your breasts visually in the mirror. You are looking out for; any puckering, dimpling, or bulging in the skin; nipples that are inverted or changing positions; swelling; redness; soreness; rashes.
Step 2: Raise your arms above your head and continue to look in the mirror. Continue looking for these changes.
Step 3: With your arms raised above your head, look out for any fluids being secreted by your nipples.
Step 4: Lie down flat on a bed or the floor. Feel your right breast with your left hand, and your left breast with your right hand. Use the pads of your first three fingers on your hand, and use a circular motion. Feel your whole breast from top to bottom and left to right. Make sure that you are following a pattern that allows you to feel your FULL breast.
Step 5: Now, stand or sit and repeat step 4.
If you feel any abnormalities, make sure to see your doctor for proper diagnosis. Spread the word to keep you and your tatas healthy!