Did you know that regularly examining your breasts on your own, can be an important way to find a breast cancer early, when it’s more likely to be treated successfully.

How to do a breast self-exam

I still believes that breast self-examination is a useful and important screening tool, especially when used in combination wit regular physical exams by a doctor, mammography, and in some cases ultrasound and/or MRI. Breast self-exam is a convenient, no-cost tool that you can use on a regular basis and at any age. Women should routinely perform breast self-exams as part of their overall breast cancer screening strategy.

How to do a breast self-exam

Step 1: Begin by looking at your breasts in the mirror with your shoulders straight and your arms on your hips.
Breasts that are their usual size, shape, and color Breasts that are evenly shaped without visible distortion or swelling If you see any of the following changes, bring them to your doctor’s attention: Dimpling, puckering, or bulging of the skin A nipple that has changed position or an inverted nipple (pushed inward instead of sticking out) Redness, soreness, rash, or swelling

Step 2: Raise your arms and look for the same changes.

Step 3: Look for any signs of fluid coming out of one or both nipples (this could be a watery, milky, or yellow fluid or blood).

Step 4: Feel your breasts while lying down, using your right hand to feel your left breast and then your left hand to feel your right breast.Use a circular motion, about the size of a quarter.

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.

Begin at the nipple, moving in larger and larger circles until you reach the outer edge of the breast. You can also move your fingers up and down vertically, in rows, as if you were mowing a lawn. This up-and-down approach seems to work best for most women.

Step 5: Feel your breasts while you are standing or sitting.

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