Do You Know How to Conduct a Breast Self-Examination?
Women are encouraged to become familiar with their breasts so they can easily see any changes.
Below are some tips on how to conduct breast self-examination:
Check your breasts are the usual size, shape and colour without visible distortion or swelling. If you see dimpling, puckering or bulging of the skin, redness, soreness, swelling or a rash bring them to your doctor’s attention.
This is also important if you notice a nipple that has changed position or an inverted nipple. Now look for signs of fluid leaking from one or both nipples – it is usually watery, milky, yellow fluid or even blood.
You will need to check a few different ways:
1. Stand facing a mirror with your shoulders straight and your arms on your hips.
2. Now raise your arms.
3. Next, lie down and using the first few finger pads of your hands, with a firm, smooth touch and with flat fingers, feel your breasts in a circular motion (about the size of a 10 cent coin).
4. Follow a pattern so you know you’ve covered the whole breast, either in a circular motion or vertically from your collarbone to your abdomen and from your armpit to your cleavage. Make sure you feel the entire breast area – when you reach deep tissue you should be able to feel down to your rib cage.
5. Then feel them again when you’re standing or sitting.
If you notice any changes in the look or feel of your breast please consult with your doctor.