Breast Cancer Awareness - How To Effectively Self-Examine Yourself

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Blog source: National Breast Cancer Foundation

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and we want you to know that it is important to perform a self-examination at least once a month. 1 in 8 women are diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. The exact cause of breast cancer is unknown but there are some risk factors that can increase the chance of getting the disease. Breast cancer can’t be prevented, but early detection can increase the chances of finding it before it spreads. One way to detect it early is through monthly self-examination. Read on to learn ways to effectively self-examine yourself.

Examine yourself in the mirror

Woman looking at her reflection in the mirror

Using the pads of your 3 middle fingers, check the entire breast and armpit area pressing down with light, medium, and firm pressure. Feel for any lump, thickening, hardened knot, or any other breast changes.

Examine yourself in the shower

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Inspect your breasts with your arms at your sides, raise your arms high overhead. Look out for 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. Look for any dimpling, puckering, or changes, particularly on one side.

Examine yourself lying down

Woman laying down on her bed

Lying down allows the breast tissue to spread out evenly along the chest wall. Place a pillow under your right shoulder and your right arm behind your head. Using your other hand, move the pads of your fingers around your right breast gently covering the entire breast area and armpit and apply light, medium, and firm pressure. Squeeze the nipple; check for discharge and lumps. Repeat this procedure for your left breast.

We hope you guys find these tips useful and put them into effective practice!

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