At home breast self-exam
October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, is a reminder for women to be screened for breast cancer. This means to get tested in case there are any abnormalities. It’s important to get tested every once in a while just for peace of mind. What have you got to lose, right? Make it a monthly routine – you should even mark your calendar because it’s better to be safe than sorry. The more you examine your breasts, the more you will learn about them and the easier it will be to tell if something has changed.
You can even do your at-home breast self-exam that will only take you 10-15 minutes. Do it 3-5 days after your period. There are 3 best ways to do it, here’s how…
1. In the mirror
Look at your breasts in the mirror with your arms by your sides, then lift your arms high above your head. What you should look out for is any swelling, dimples of the skin, or changes that happen to the nipples.
Then put your hands on your hips and lift your chest like the wonder woman you are, and look out for the same changes.
2. In the shower
With the flat parts of your fingers, feel around your breast in a circular motion for any lumps, or hardened knots. Make sure to check your entire breast and armpit area.
3. Lying Down
Lay down on your bed, and place a pillow under your right shoulder while raising your right arm above your head. With your other hand, move your fingers in small circular motions feeling your entire breast and armpit area. Squeeze the nipple and check for any lumps or discharge.
Try these 3 at-home breast self-exams but please keep in mind that these do not replace professional diagnosis. If you are even slightly worried, consult a doctor. If you find a lump, don’t panic! Most women have lumps in their breasts. But consult a doctor to stay on the safe side!
Encourage your friends to do the same. Support one another, lift each other up, and spread positivity.