It is suggested that women should perform a regular breast self-examination at least once a month, because the earlier lumps or irregularities are detected, the higher the chances of cure are.
It is very easy to perform a breast self-examination at home, follow the steps and picture guides below to help you understand carefully how to perform your breast self-examination.
Also any of the following changes that you notice should be mentioned to your doctor:
– Dimpling, puckering, or bulging of the skin.
– A nipple that has changed position, or an inverted nipple (pushed inward instead of sticking out).
– Redness, soreness, rash or swelling.
Now raise your arms and look for the same changes, notice the sides of your breasts whilst your hands are up. Also, notice any lumps, or irregularities under your armpits, which you should mention to your doctor if visible.
You are advised to use the different positions as some lumps or irregularities are not visible or noticed unless standing in a certain position.
Feel your breasts while you are standing or sitting. Many women find that the easiest way to feel their breasts is when their skin is wet and slippery, so they like to perform this step in the shower. Cover your entire breast, using the circle, wedged, or linear hand movements.
Finally, examine your breasts while lying down, using your right hand to feel your left breast and then your left hand to feel your right breast, by using a firm, smooth touch with the first few finger pads of your hand, while keeping the fingers flat and together.
Make sure you cover the entire breast from top to bottom, side to side, from your collarbone to the top of your abdomen, and from your armpit to your cleavage.
Routine check-ups are vital to your health. Perform your breast self-examination and your favorite sport activities to enjoy a dynamic life spirit.