Breast Cancer Awareness Month | How to examine your Breast

October is breast cancer awareness month!

While no cure exists for cancer, scientists have learned a lot about it. Ontogeneses are the underlying problem behind the development of cancer, whether the cause is viral, environmental, or genetic. It is from this knowledge that we all hope a cure will be found. Not only has breast cancer claimed the lives of many, it is the most common form of cancer in women.

We (@olamildent) encourage our women to visit their doctor as often as possible and to examine their breasts once a month. We hope you find this information helpful.

Many women find their breasts feel lumpy. Breast tissue naturally has a bumpy texture that varies from one woman to another. For some women, the lumpiness is more pronounced than for others. In most cases, this lumpiness is no cause to worry. If the lumpiness can be felt throughout the breast and feels like your other breast, it is likely just normal breast tissue.

Lumps that feel harder or different from the rest of the breast tissue (or the tissue of the other breast) or that feel like a change are a concern. When this type of lump is found, it is more likely to be breast cancer, though some benign breast conditions can cause similar changes. See your doctor if:

  • You find a new lump or change that feels different from the rest of your breast.
  • You find a new lump or change that feels different from your other breast.
  • Feel something that is different from what you felt before.
Also, see your doctor if you notice any of the warning signs of breast cancer listed below

  • Lump, hard knot or thickening inside the breast or underarm area
  • Swelling, warmth, redness or darkening of the breast
  • Change in the size or shape of the breast
  • Dimpling or puckering of the skin
  • Itchy, scaly sore or rash on the nipple
  • Pulling in of your nipple or other parts of the breast
  • Nipple discharge that starts suddenly
  • New pain in one spot that doesn’t go away

Step 1 : While Taking a Bath

Use your fingertips to examine your breasts by moving in a circular motion over the breast. Repeat it on the other side in the same way.

Step 2 : In-front of the Mirror

a. Stand straight with your arms to the sides. Raise your arms above your head and observe both of your breasts. By moving your arms upwards, you will be able to see the shape of your breasts clearly and notice any kind of distortion of the breasts.

b. Stand straight and put your hands on your waist. Tense your abdominal muscles tightly to induce pressure on your breasts. Observe your breasts to see if they appear normal.

Step 3 : Self Examination Whilst Lying Down
Lie down on your back and put one of your palms underneath your head.

Use the other hand to feel your breasts. Move your hand firmly in a circular motion from the outside to the inside of the breast. Try to explore all areas of the breast to self detect any kind of lumps.

Slowly press around your nipples, using your forefinger and thumb to check for any nipple discharge.

The upper part of the breast, below the collar bone is where breast cancer is most commonly detected and it should be closely examined. Breast examinations in these areas we've shared help to detect any kind of unusual lumps in the glands. See a physician if you detect anything

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