Dec 20, 2013

Breast Cancer - Self Examination

Self-examination can go a long way in identifying breast cancer in its early stages and mitigating its effects.

Here is how you can go about it:

How should I do it?

In front of a mirror, inspect your breasts with your arms at your sides. Next, raise your arms. Look for any changes in contour swelling, dimpling of skin, or changes in the nipple.

Lie down with your fingers flat and move gently all over the breast. Check for lumps, hard knots, or thickening by moving fingers in a uniform pattern.

Squeeze each nipple gently between thumb and index finger. Any discharge, clear or bloody, should be reported to your doctor immediately.

When should I do it?

Many physicians and cancer organizations recommend that breast self-examinations be performed once each month beginning at age 20 and should continue each month throughout a woman’s lifetime.

Follow the same procedure once a month about a week after your period, when breasts are usually not tender or swollen.