A breast self-examination (BSE) at home can help you identify any abnormalities in your breast region. Using the correct technique for a self-exam, women can find any abnormal lumps, growth, or fluid-filled cysts in their breasts.
Regular BSEs can help identify breast cancer abnormalities in their early stages.
You can consult your doctor and ask them to teach you the correct technique for performing a BSE.
Instead of using your fingertips for the exam, use the flat pad region of your fingers to inspect your breast. Apply a range of light, medium, and firm pressure to the breast region. Inspect the area carefully and work your way around the area, feeling for any lumps around your lymph nodes, armpits, collar bones, breast bone, and just below your breasts.
Lying down, place a pillow under your right shoulder. With your right hand over your head, examine your right breast and adjacent area with the flat pads of your left-hand fingers.
Repeat the procedure on the other side for your left breast examination.
Standing in front of a mirror, look for any abnormalities on your breasts. Any type of swelling, bulging, dimpling, retractions, skin irritation, changes in nipples, or moles should be of concern.
Wet and soapy skin can reduce friction and help you feel any lumps more easily.
At TOPS Comprehensive Breast Center, we are equipped with the latest mammography equipment to help women catch signs of breast cancer in its early stages. Whether you come in for a routine mammogram or need specialized 3D mammography, please call to make your appointment. Our healthcare staff creates a relaxing environment and ensures that we deliver quality healthcare for you.
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