Step 1: Begin by looking at your breast in the mirror, see if there is any change in the size and shape of the breast or any kind of dimpling and irritation of breast skin.
Raise your arms and while looking in the mirror check if there are any signs of fluid coming from one or both nipples (it can be a milky, watery, or yellow fluid or blood)
Step 2: Feel your breast while lying down, use the finger of your left hand to check the right breast and the fingers of your right hand to check the left breast and check if there is any lump. Use a fine, smooth touch gently covering the entire breast area and armpit. Use light, medium, and firm pressure.
Self-examination at home:
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When to see a doctor?
If you notice one or more of these symptoms it’s not necessarily breast cancer but however, you are recommended to see a doctor for a complete evaluation.
It is necessary for women to receive a full breast examination after every 3 years if they are in their twenties or thirties, women above forty should get their tests done every year.
Why is it important to examine yourself at home?
It’s very important to examine yourself monthly at home as it can help in diagnosing breast cancer at an early stage when it’s more likely to be treated successfully.
Also, remember you can never be too busy to take out 5 minutes for the sake of your own health and well-being.
Importance of self-examination:
https://youtu.be/KmTr0p_sD5Y via Shaukat Khanum Memorial Hospital.
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