Even though some breast changes are normal, other changes are not. I can’t stress enough how important it is for women to know their breasts. Knowing how your breasts normally look and feel will help you detect if any unusual changes occur, and if you should follow through with speaking to your physician. You should never feel ashamed to touch your breasts. In fact, I highly encourage it!
In light of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I wanted to share with you five easy ways to examine your breasts. So, if you haven’t already, follow the steps below. You never know, this might just save your life!
1. Begin by looking at your breasts in the mirror with your shoulders straight and your arms on your hips. If you notice any abnormalities such as unusual swelling or dimpling, or unusual redness, bring them to your doctor’s attention.
2. Raise your arms and turn from side to side so you can inspect the outer portions of your breasts. If you notice the same changes, consult your doctor.
3. Feel your nipples and check for any fluid or discharge coming out of one or both nipples. To do so, place your thumb and forefinger on the tissue surrounding the nipple and pull outward toward the end of the nipple.
4. Feel your breasts when bent over while looking in the mirror. Roll your shoulders and elbows forward to tighten your chest muscles so that your breasts fall foreword. Look for any changes in the shape of your breasts or if there is any lumpiness or thickenings.
5. Feel your breasts while you are lying down. Make sure to use a firm, but smooth touch with your first three fingers. It is important to cover the entire breast from top to bottom, and side to side from your collarbone to the upper abdomen.
A self-breast exam should be completed once a month. For more information on self-breast exams please CLICK HERE.