Research shows that the most common type of cancer among women is breast cancer. The good news is that the number of cured patients is growing and is the breasts cancer is discovered early, there is a 100% chance of being cured.
Because of this, it is important that you regularly examine
your breasts at the doctors, but on your own as well. Experts recommend to
start self-examining in the early 20s. It is important that you do this at the
same period of your menstrual cycle to better notice any changes. It is
recommended that you self-examine the last week or the last day of your period.
Step number 1
Look at your breasts in the mirror with hands beside your
body or on the hips. Pay attention to the nipples and whether they are
proportional. It is important that there isn’t a change in their position from
breasts. If they have the usual skin color, size and shape, if they are proportional
to each other without any big noticeable differences, then there is nothing to
Step number 2
Raise one hand above the head and pay attention to the same
things as in step 1. Do the same with the other hand.
Step number 3
The third step is a physical exam by touching. Raise your
left hand and with your right hand touch your left nipple and the other way
around. Make small circular movements while touching the nipple. Check the
whole nipple from the bottom to the top, and on the sides all the way to the stomach
and to underarms. It is best to follow the same pattern so you don’t miss a
Step number 4
Do step 3 again but in another position. You can lie down,
or sit and check your breasts carefully. It is important that you do the
physical exam in different positions so that you don’t miss anything. You can
do this while showering because the water will make it easier your hands to
slide across the skin.
However, it is also very important that in addition to this
you should see a doctor every 6 months to a year.
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