Breast Cancer Tips
Advice on Breast Cancer Screening
Performing a Breast Self-Exam
Every woman over twenty should perform a monthly breast self-exam (BSE). A BSE will help let you know if there is anything new or different in your breasts. If you're still menstruating, do your BSE in the shower on the first day of every period. Otherwise, choose a day each month. The important thing is to make it a habit and choose a day that you'll remember to do it. To do the BSE, lift one arm and put your hand behind your head. With your other hand, keep your fingers flat and move them around your breast in small circular motions, starting at the nipple and moving out. Feel for lumps, hard knots or dense or thickened areas. Feel all the way to the side of the breast and into your underarm. Do the same thing on the other side. When you get out of the shower, examine your breasts in the mirror with your arms at your sides. Then raise your arms over your head and look again. Look for areas of dimpling or swelling, or any changes. If you see or feel something unusual, call your doctor. Most likely, it's nothing, but you need to know for sure.