Breast Self-Exam

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Forty percent of diagnosed breast cancers are detected by women who feel a lump, so establishing a regular breast self-exam is very important,” according to Johns Hopkins Medicine. Early detection is important with breast cancer, which is why medical professionals recommend conducting a monthly breast self-exam, in addition to annual clinical exams.

How to Examine Your Breasts

In the shower, place your right arm behind your head to stretch the area. Using your left hand, examine your right breast by applying pressure and moving in a circular pattern from outside to center – including the armpit and nipple areas. Repeat for your left breast, then follow the same procedure lying down. Finally, examining in the mirror will help you identify any changes in tissue or size.

When to Do Your Breast Self-Exam

Your breasts are naturally lumpy and fibrous, which is why it’s important to conduct your self-exam the same day each month. The recommended timeframe is seven to 10 days after your period starts, when your breasts aren’t as tender and lumpy as they are before and during your period.

A monthly self-exam is one part of breast health. Yearly clinical exams by a healthcare professional and routine mammograms are also important tools in detecting breast cancer. Set reminders and make breast health a priority in your life!

When to Contact Your Provider

Contact your Capital Women’s Care provider if you discover changes in breast tissue, such as thickening, swelling, dimpling, redness, size, or nipple changes or discharge; or if you find a new lump/knot or one that has changed/grown since your previous examination. It may sound silly, but “get to know” your breasts so you can easily identify any changes and contact your medical professional immediately.

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