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  • How to Perform a Breast Self-Exam

    Modern medicine is an amazing thing. Over the years, we have acquired an extensive knowledge of how the human body works and how to heal it from various illnesses and disorders. Of the many health hazards we know of today, few are as dangerous and universally feared as cancer. While there are many forms of cancer affecting millions of people all over the world, some are much more prevalent and deserve more attention and awareness, such as breast cancer. Breast cancer accounts for 25% of all cancers in women and results in over half a million deaths annually. Breast cancer usually develops in the ducts and most often affects women over 40, those with a genetic predisposition and people who are subjected to certain risk factors. One of the best ways to minimize the potential harm of breast cancer is to conduct self-examinations and diagnose it before it is too late.

    Step By Step Instructions

    To begin a breast examination, you will need a good view of your breasts, so the first step is to undress and stand in front of a mirror. You should begin by looking at your breasts and determining whether they look any different from their usual state, or if any changes have occurred, such as a change in size, shape, or color. You should also be wary of puckered skin, dimples, rashes, and a nipple that has changed form or become inverted. The next step is to raise your hands and look for the same things mentioned in the last step. Be sure to take a good look at your nipples and make sure they’re not leaking any fluid (unless you’re lactating).

    The next major step requires a change in position. You should lay down on an even surface and start feeling your breasts with the first few finger pads of your hand. It is important to press, feel, and cover every part of your breast, which is best achieved with circular movements no bigger than the size of a quarter. Keep in mind that breasts have sensitive tissue and different amounts of pressure should be applied to different sections. For example, the underside and skin below the breast requires minimal pressure, while the middle and back of the breast require more, but not to a point when it is painful. To cover all areas of the breast you can move your fingers up and down, horizontally, or in circles if it suits you. When performing this physical part of the examination, be wary of lumps, swelling, and unusual bumps in your breasts, as these are all possible signs of cancer. Once you have covered both breasts thoroughly, you should make another change in position and perform the physical part while standing or sitting upright.
    Resource: http://www.ok-pharmacy.com/blog/how-...breast-cancer/

    Sonia is a freelance writer and blogger who specializes in health-related issues. Her main goal is to raise awareness about various diseases and their treatment. To see more of her work, follow the Ok-Pharm Health Blog she manages, on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

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