It’s so important to be in touch with your body and by developing a monthly self-check routine for your breasts, you can ensure they’re always at their best and you can always be one step ahead in case you may be at risk.
Things to Know:
- Women of all ages should conduct a monthly breast self-check exam.
- The best time to examine your breasts is at the end of your menstrual cycle when your breasts are not as tender. Try to do it at the same time each month.
- A self-check exam includes feeling your chest and looking for any abnormalities on the outside too so stand in front a mirror to get a full-view. Soon you will become familiar with what’s normal and what’s not. Become comfortable with your body.
- It takes just 15 minutes – can’t we all spare those few minutes for our health?
- Breast may feel lumpy, but 50-60% of those lumps are actually harmless.
- Other signs to watch out for include any hardening, indentation, skin erosion, redness or heat, strange fluid, dimpling, a growing vein, nipple retraction, new asymmetry and orange peel skin.
- Cancerous cells are oddly-shaped (not round) and will not move but you should always check with your doctor before coming to any of your own conclusions. A clinical exam or mammogram will be required if there is any cause for concern.
To find out how to check yourself, watch any of the following videos: