1 out of 8 women is diagnosed with breast cancer
Did you know that 1 out of 8 women is diagnosed with breast cancer? It is the most common type of cancer diagnosed in women. While it is true that breast cancer can’t be prevented, but early detection is the key. It is important to conduct monthly breast self-exams at home to detect early stages of Breast Cancer. The earlier the cancer is detected, the bigger the chances of survival.
Let us guide you on how to assess the presence of Breast Cancer at home. Here are four things you should remember when conduction Breast Self-Examination at home.
1.) Monthly Evaluation
You must determine how your breasts look and feel normally. Any alarming changes observed should be documented.
It is best to conduct a breast self-examination after the monthly menstrual period. Do not examine your breasts before or during menstruation. Breasts will be more swollen, tender, and sensitive during your monthly period.
For those who do not have monthly periods, pick the same day of the month to examine your breasts.
2.) Start a Journal
In your journal, cover all areas of the breast and its surroundings. The upper area, outer area, and near the armpits should be inspected on your monthly evaluation.
Each month, document any lumps, mass, or irregularities observed. It is also best to consult your physician if any alarming changes are observed. You will likely undergo a mammogram to confirm the presence of breast cancer.
3.) Home Techniques
- ??Stand in front of the mirror with arms on your hips and look at your breasts.
- ??Observe for changes in shape, size, color, or any irregularity.
- ??In front of the mirror, raise arms overhead and inspect any changes.
- ??Signs you should report to your doctor: Skin Bulging, puckering and dimpling. The nipple that changed position pushed inward or sticking out, or out of its normal state. Also report swelling, discharges, redness, soreness, and rash.
- ??Palpate your breasts while lying down. Use the fingerpads of your hands, keep the fingers flat and together. With a firm and smooth touch, use a circular motion to feel any lump surrounding the breast.
- ??Make sure to cover most of the breastâs area (the whole armpit, cleavage, collarbone, and abdominal area). Palpate both breasts and feel any lump or mass.
- ??Next, take a feel when standing or sitting. Most women do this after a shower. Palpate both breasts, as mentioned earlier.
4.) Do not PANIC!
When you find any lump or irregularity, do not hesitate to consult your physician. Finding a lump does not mean breast cancer. It can be due to hormonal change or a non-cancerous lump.
Breathe, relax, and do not panic. Remember that early detection is the key.