One of the best ways and the most simple and painless - for a woman to get the upperhand on breast cancer is to do a breast self-exam (BSE).
Examining your breasts is an important way to find breast cancer early, when it's most likely to be cured. The more you examine your breasts, the more you will learn about them and easier it will become for you to tell if something unusual has occurred.
BSE is an essential part of taking care of yourself and reducing your risk of breast cancer.
By following these four easy steps at least once a month, you can do a lot to put your mind at ease.
Begin by looking at your breasts in the mirror with your shoulders straight and your arms on your hips. Look for any of these distortions, lumps or changes in your breast:
- nipple discharge
- dimpling, puckering, or bulging of the skin (lumps);
- a nipple that has changed position or an inverted nipple(pushed inward instead of sticking out);
- redness, soreness, rash, or swelling.
Now, raise your arms and look for the same changes. Gently squeeze each nipple between your finger and thumb and check for ninnple discharge ( this could be a milky or yellow fluid or blood).
Next, feel your breast 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. Make sure that you cover the whole brest.
Begin examining each area with a very soft touch, and then increase the pressure so that you can feel the deeper tissue, right down to your ribcage.
Finally, feel your breasts while you are standing or sitting.
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