One out of every seven women faces breast cancer diagnosis during their lifetime.
Breast self exams start with a visual exam. Look in a mirror and ask yourself the following questions: Do my breasts look and feel the same? Is one breast larger or smaller than the other? Are my nipples the same shape? Are there any indentations, bruises, or bulges? Are the veins more noticeable on one breast than the other?
- Lie down with a rolled towel under your shoulder and the outer side of your breast. Use the tips of your first four fingers of your opposite hand.
- Move the four fingers together in dime-sized circles. Do 3 circles – light, medium and deeper pressure before moving your fingers to the next area. Don’t life you fingers off your breast, walk them to the next spot.
- Examine the entire breast area from your breast bone to below your breast, all the way across to your armpit.
- Starting at your breast bone, work your way down your breast and back up. Your last line will be up your side just below the outer edge of your breast, finishing under your armpit.
- When you’re done with the touch test, gently squeeze your nipple. You are looking for any discharge or pain. Some women normally have breast tenderness around the time of their period. Remember, you are looking for something different than what you find normal. Do this once every month to become familiar with your body and what you find normal.
When is the best time to do a breast exam?
Ten days after your period when tenderness and swelling are low. If you notice any changes, see your doctor right away. The single most important tool for surviving breast cancer is early detection, so practice early prevention. Protect your health. Prevent cancer.
DEMAND TO KNOW, DEMAND TO CURE.
The Cure Is Knowledge.
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What does BSE stand for?
Breast Self Exam.
At what age should you begin doing BSE?
When your breasts are fully developed. This usually varies from 10 to 16 years of age.
How often should you do BSE?
Can teenagers get breast cancer?
Yes. While less common in younger women, anyone can get breast cancer.
When is the best time to do BSE?
About 10 days after your period.
Is it normal to have lumps in your breasts?
Yes. It is common to have lumpy breasts, especially in young women.
If no one in your family has had breast cancer should you do BSE anyway?
Yes. Anyone can get breast cancer.
Is it OK if your breasts are different sizes?
Yes. In fact it is common among teens as each breast can develop at a slightly different rate.
Does anyone ever find cancerous lumps by doing BSE?
Yes. In fact about 25% of all breast cancers are found by women doing their own examination.
Can your boyfriend or girlfriend help?
Yes. In fact many lumps are found by women’s partners. But don’t rely on your partner. You should know your body better than anyone.