By regularly examining own breast, a woman is likely to notice any changes that occur. The best time for breast self examination (BSE) is about a week after your period ends, when your breasts are not tender or swollen. If you are not having regular periods do BSE on the same day every month. Women who are pregnant breast feeding or have breast implants also need to do regular breast self examination
- Lie down with a pillow under you right shoulder and place your right arm behind your head.
- Use the finger pads of the three middle fingers on your left hand to feel for the lumps in the right breast. Press firmly to know how you breast feels.
- Move around the breast in a circular motion, up and down or wedge pattern. Be sure to do the same way every time, check the entire breast area and remember how your breast feels from month to month.
- Repeat the exam on your left breast using the finger pads of the right hand (move the pillow to under your left shoulder).
- Repeat the examination of both breasts while standing, with one arm behind your head. The upright position makes it easier to check the upper and outer part of the breasts (towards your arm pit). This is where about half of the breast cancers are found. You may want to do the standing part of the BSE while you are in the shower. Some breast changes can be felt more easily when your skin is wet and soapy.
If you find any changes, see your doctor right away.
Can I Reduce my risk of getting breast cancer?
We don’t know exactly what causes breast cancer but we do know that being female and getting older are
the main risk factors. You may reduce the risk and look after your general health by:
- Eating a well-balanced diet with plenty of fruit and vegetables
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Doing regular exercise
- No smoking