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How to Check Yourself for Breast Cancer

Monday, November 2, 2020

When it comes to breast cancer, it’s vital to stay on top of your health and breast examinations so that, if you do end up developing this disease, you catch it while treatments are as effective as possible. That’s why many experts recommend receiving an annual mammogram. However, in addition, you should be doing monthly self-examinations. 

When you think about how forty percent of diagnosed breast cancers are found by women who feel a lump during self-examinations, it’s essential to learn the proper way to do it. That’s why we’re breaking down how to check yourself for breast cancer below! 

Pick your location

Self-breast exams are best done in one of three locations: in the shower, while lying down, or in front of a mirror. Either option will give you the most accurate results and will be the easiest to perform. In the shower or lying down are best for examining for lumps, and looking in the mirror is best for checking for any irregularities or changes in skin and puckering. 

Use the Right Amount of Pressure 

You don’t want to press so lightly that you don’t notice anything, nor do you want to press down too firmly that you end up hurting yourself. That’s why it’s best to use medium pressure so that you can explore properly without damaging anything. 

Go Over the Right Area 

While using medium pressure, take three fingers and press down starting at the base of your armpit and moving across the entire surface of your breast. Do tiny circles as you press so you feel around inside the tissue, checking from any tiny lumps that shouldn’t be there. 

Look out for Hardened Knots 

Your breast is organically made out of lumps: that’s just the way the tissue is! So don’t panic if you feel small and soft round materials as you’re doing your self-examination. Instead, check out for hard lumps that feel something like a nut or almond.

It’s our hope to continue advancing care and conversation about breast cancer by offering the most advanced detection and treatment options in the Lowcountry and Coastal Empire region. Our doors are always open to any woman facing breast cancer, and we are always open to discuss all methods of prevention, including how to check yourself for breast cancer. Learn more about how you can experience the future of Advanced Breast Care, today.

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