Breast cancer is one of the leading causes of death in women. Somewhere in the world, a woman dies every minute from breast cancer. Doctors have advised that the key to curbing the disease is early detection, so women need to know how to self-examine breast cancer.
A woman has about one in eight chances of being diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. The risk of a woman developing the disease increases as she ages. Self-examination will help you get used to the normal feel of your breasts so you can easily detect when anything changes.
To prepare yourself for your self-examination, you would need to:
Go on the internet, search for videos that best demonstrate how to self-examine breast cancer. Once you have all the information needed, you could also discuss all the instructions and techniques with your doctor to ensure that you are doing the right thing.
The best time for self-examination is when your breasts are least tender. The fluctuation in the hormone levels during the menstrual cycle will cause the feel, texture, and size of the breast tissue to change. The swelling in your breasts begins to decrease when your menstrual period starts. By the time it ends, the swelling has completely gone down, and your breasts are no longer tender. This is the best time to self-examine for breast cancer.
Stand topless in front of a mirror facing forward and with your arms by your sides. To do a visual examination, do the following:
You can either lie on a flat surface so that the breast tissue spreads out and you can feel them better or stand in your shower and lather your hands with soap to help your fingers glide smoothly. To properly examine your breasts with your hands, you should:
If you notice any of the following signs after your self-examination, then you should pay a visit to your doctor.
1. A hard lump on your breasts or near your underarm.
2. Puckers, dimples, ridges, or bulges on the skin of your breast.
3. Changes in the appearance or feel of your breasts, including prominent fullness or thickening that feels or looks different from the rest of the surrounding tissue.
4. Swelling, redness, pain, or warmth.
5. Bloody discharge from the nipple.
6. Nipples become inverted instead of sticking out.
Remember, early detection is the key effective treatment of breast cancers. Make frequent self-examinations a part of your routine.