Breast awareness starts with self-exams
Performing monthly self-exams can identify early detection of breast cancer.
Do you do monthly breast self-exams? You can do this simple, noninvasive exam right in the comfort and privacy of your own home. The American Cancer Society recommends that women, beginning at age 20, should be educated about breast self-exams, including how and when to perform them.
You should ask your doctor to show them how to properly do a self-examination. Once you get in the habit of examining your breasts regularly, you may be able to detect even small changes, which should be reported to your doctor as soon as possible. Early detection most certainly saves lives.
Breast Self-Exam Tips:
- Examine your breasts at the same time every month. It's best to do it several days after your period so your breasts are not tender or swollen.
- Identify your personal preferences. Perform breast self-exams in the shower, in front of a mirror or lying down.
- Report any changes you notice to your healthcare professional. These include lumps, swelling, dimpling, nipple pain or retraction, redness or scaliness, a thickening of the skin or a discharge from the nipple.