Breast Self - Examination

Breast Self – Exam
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ADULT CONTENT DISCLAIMER – we used some adult images in our blog to show you how to perform Self Breast – Exam at your own.

Breast self-exam, or regularly examining your breasts on your own, can be an important way to find a breast cancer early, when it’s more likely to be treated successfully. The number of women diagnosed with Breast Cancer has been on a rise in the last few years. And the thought of finding a lump on your breast can be a scary one. But, not checking for one and hoping it doesn’t exist is not the way to protect yourself from Breast Cancer.

So today, we learn how to conduct a Breast Self-Exam in 5 simple steps.

But before that, here’s what you must keep an eye out for:

Development of a lump
Skin irritation or dimpling
Swelling of the breast
Discharge of any kind other than breast milk
Abnormalities in nipples like redness, itchiness etc.

STEP – 1

Begin by looking at your breasts in the mirror with your shoulders straight and your arms on your hips or behind your head.

look for :

Breasts that are their usual size, shape, and color
Breasts that are evenly shaped without visible distortion or swelling
Dimpling, puckering, or bulging of the skin
A nipple that has changed position or an inverted nipple (pushed inward instead of sticking out)
Redness, soreness, rash, or swelling
look for any signs of fluid coming out of one or both nipples (this could be a watery, milky, or yellow fluid or blood).

STEP – 2

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 finger pads of your hand, keeping the fingers flat and together. Use a circular motion, about the size of a quarter. Cover the entire breast from top to bottom, side to side. Follow a pattern to be sure that you cover the whole breast. You can begin at the nipple, moving in larger and larger circles until you reach the outer edge of the breast.

STEP – 3

You can follow any of theses methods:

A) Lines – Follow an up-and-down vertical strip pattern from your collarbone to just below your bra line, until you reach the nipple.

B) Wedges – Starting at the outer edge, move your fingers toward the nipple and back to the edge.

C) Circles – Move your fingers in circles starting outwards to inwards until you cover the entire breast.

STEP – 4

Follow the previous step using three levels of pressure to examine your breast:

Light pressure: To examine the tissue closest to the skin

Medium pressure: To feel a little deeper

Firm pressure: To feel deeper tissue closer to the chest wall

STEP – 5

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 above.

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