Breast Self-Exam

Breast Self-Exam

The knowledge of a correct breast self-exam can be a life-saving method to detect breast cancer in the early stages of development. Breast self-exams are essential to get acquainted with the form and feel peculiarities of your breast and be warned beforehand if any differences appear and consult your doctor. Although mammograms are able to identify cancer before the lump is noticeable, most breast cancers are still detected by women themselves, in consequence, it has become vital for women to self-check regularly. Doctors recommend performing BSE at least once a month beginning at age 18.

There are 3 steps of correctly performing a BSE:

In the shower:

Raise one hand behind your head to spread your breast tissue and with circular movements from outside to the center of your entire breast and armpit try to feel any lump, thickening, or hardened knot.

In front of a mirror:

Raise your hands high overhead and inspect attentively for any changes in the contour, any swelling, discoloration, or any change in the nipples. Later, place your hands on your hips and press down firmly till your breasts fall forward. Search for any shape and contour changes, any dumpling or puckering.

Lying down:

Place a pillow under your right shoulder and put your right hand behind your head. With your left hand, move your hand in circular tender movements covering the entire breast and armpit. Place your fingers on top of your nipple and press it inward. Expect it to move freely.

BSE Tips:

  • Try do perform BSE at the ends of your period.
  • Choose a specific day every month if you are expecting, no longer have menstruation, or it is irregular.
  • Do not jump into conclusions before consulting your doctor. If it seems that a lump was detected, remember that 80% of the lumps are not cancerous.
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