How to do a Breast Self-Exam

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How to do a Breast Self-Exam

Even though breast cancer can’t be prevented, it can be detected earlier, therefore saving a life earlier. Every woman’s breast size and shape are different, so you must know what is normal for you and become aware of your own unique breast health.

Possible Signs of Breast Cancer:

  • Lump
  • Change in your breast
  • New Nipple Inversion
  • Area/s of significant irritation or redness
  • Dimpling, thickening of the breast skin
  • Persistent breast pain or discomfort

 

Breast Self-Exam:

What is it?

A self-examination of the breasts for changes or abnormalities. It should be performed monthly and any changes or abnormalities should be discussed with your doctor.

How do I do it?

A breast-self exam can be performed in a variety of ways:

  • In the Shower:

With the pads/flats of your 3 middle fingers, check the entire breast and armpit area pressing down with light, medium, and firm pressure. Check both breasts each month feeling for any lump, thickening, hardened knot, or any other breast changes.

  • In front of a mirror:
  1. Visually inspect your breasts with your arms at your sides. Next, raise your arms high overhead.
  2. Look for any 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. Left and right breasts will not exactly match—few women’s breasts do, so look for any dimpling, puckering, or changes, particularly on one side.

 

  • Lying Down
  1. When lying down, the breast tissue spreads out evenly along the chest wall. Place a pillow under your right shoulder and your right arm behind your head. Using your left hand, move the pads of your fingers around your right breast gently covering the entire breast area and armpit.
  2. Use light, medium, and firm pressure. Squeeze the nipple; check for discharge and lumps. Repeat these steps for your left breast.
At Cherry Blossom Intimates, we love all our girls, and want them to stay healthy and safe. Breast Cancer, although unpreventable, can be detected early by you, at home by doing a monthly and thorough breast check. It might save your life or the life of someone you love.

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