Breast Self-Examination: How to Check for Lumps

Breast Cancer is The Second Leading Cause of Death Among Women (Image Source: Shutterstock)
Early Detection Is The Best Way to Beat the Disease (Image Source: Shutterstock)

How Common Is Breast Cancer?

  • A breast lump or some form of thickening that has a different feel from the rest of the surrounding tissue
  • Unexplained changes in the appearance, shape, or size of the breast
  • Changes in the appearance of the breast skin — in most cases, dimpling
  • An inverted nipple or a change in nipple positioning
  • Scaling, flaking, or peeling of the skin that surrounds the nipple
  • Redness of the breast skin that resembles orange skin

Why is Breast Self-Examination Important?

You Need To Get Yourself Checked If a Close Relative Has Had a Breast Cancer. (Image Source: Shutterstock)
  • Have a previous breast cancer diagnosis or other breast conditions
  • Have dense breasts or been exposed to radiation
  • Have a high alcohol consumption

How to Do a Breast Self-Examination at Home

Breast Cancer: How to Do a Breast Self Exam — Best Damn Self
  • Next, raise your arms above your head and check for the same changes.
  • Check to see if there is any discharge coming out of the nipples. This could be a milky, watery, or yellowish fluid and, in some advanced cases, blood.
  • Lie down and use your hands to feel for any lump in your breasts. Your right hand should examine your left breast, and vice versa.
  • With your fingers together and lying flat, on the breasts, use circular motions to examine every quarter of the breasts from the collarbone to the armpit region.
  • Begin at the nipple, making large circular motions. You can also move your fingers up and down in rows. The goal is to feel all the tissue, including deep inside the breast, so adjust the pressure accordingly.
  • Then, stand up or sit straight in a chair and conduct the same breast examination. The best time to do a breast exam is when you shower, as the skin is wet.

Why are Exercise and Breast Cancer Screenings Important?

Mammogram Detects Unusual Patterns Long Before a Breast Lump Is Even Detected (Image Source: Shutterstock)

What Other Steps can You Take to Maintain Breast Health?

  • Maintain a healthy body weight by engaging in regular physical activity.
  • Breastfeeding for as long as you can reduces your risk of breast cancer.
  • Avoid consuming too much alcohol, and quit smoking.
  • Find out your family’s breast cancer history, as you may be at a higher risk of developing the disease if you have a first-degree family member with breast cancer.
  • Eat a healthy diet of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and healthy proteins. Avoid highly processed and sugary foods.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Check for Lumps

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