HOW TO DO A BREAST SELF EXAM FOR CANCER AND WHY IT IS STILL RELEVANT
Breast Self Exam Good Idea and a VideoAccording to a small study of breast cancer detection that was published in 2007, "Conclusions: Most breast cancers (75%) were found by self-examination, even among women who had regular mammography". Could this actually be the case? It sounds hard to believe. I do think however, that self exam is definitely a wise step. Anyway, Dr. Ramona Bates, a surgeon, has an excellent medical blog. In a recent post she lists 5 steps of breast self exam in her post.
"If you find any breast changes, lumps, or nipple discharge, then call your physician.. Begin by looking at your breasts in the mirror with your shoulders straight and your arms on your hips. Look for any changes in the size, shape, and color. Look for any dimpling, puckering, or bulging of the skin. Has the nipple changed position or become inverted? Is there redness, soreness, a rash, or swelling?
Now, raise your arms and look for the same changes. While you're at the mirror, gently squeeze each nipple between your finger and thumb and check for nipple discharge (this could be a milky or yellow fluid or blood).
Next, feel your breasts while lying down, using your right hand to feel your left breast and then your left hand to feel your right breast. Use a firm, smooth touch with the first few fingers of your hand, keeping the fingers flat and together. 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. Follow a regular grid pattern, so that no areas are missed.Begin examining each area with a very soft touch, and then increase pressure so that you can feel the deeper tissue, down to your ribcage.
Video of a Woman Who Found Lump on Breast Self Exam Click the Arrow
Finally, 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 do this step in the shower. Cover your entire breast, using the same hand movements described previously".
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