How to Perform a Home Breast Exam?
There are five steps which you should take to do your monthly self-breast exams at home.
1. Look at yourself in the mirror.
2. Now lift your arms over your head and look at your breasts in the mirror.
3. Check to make sure there is no liquid coming out of your nipples (unless you’re nursing, of course).
4. Now lay down and begin feeling your breasts.
Go in a pattern starting at your nipple and work your way out, making larger and larger circles. You could use a vertical method in rows like mowing the lawn, applying different amounts of pressure. Light pressure at the skin and tissue just underneath the breast, medium pressure for the tissue in the middle of the breast, and firmer pressure for the deep tissue at the back of the breast.
5. Now stand or sit up and feel your breasts.
You should perform these steps once a month, every month. It’s best done about a week after you have your menstrual period. This way your breasts are the least tender and swollen.
Remember, your breasts are always changing in small ways, but you want to be alerted to drastic changes that happen suddenly so you can contact your doctor. Don’t wait and tell yourself it’s nothing. Err on the side of caution and contact your doctor so they can determine what’s going on.
Remember, it’s your body and you know it best. If you find any new bumps or lumps, make sure your doctor hears about your concerns. Early detection is the best defence against breast cancer. So it’s important to know what you’re looking for.
Now go check your breasts!
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