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It's strongly recommended that the women of all ages should perform breast self examination on the same day of each month. The best time to perform breast self examination is between 5th and 10th day after your periods. Because the breast tissue is soft at this time, so it is easy to find a lump, can increase the detection rate of breast cancer. For women with irregular menstrual periods or menopause, it is best to have a self-examination on the same day of the month.

Since the average age of patients with breast cancer is declining, women should begin their self-examination at the age of 20. It is best to go to the hospital for further examination when there is abnormal breast bump (mass), nipple discharge in the non-lactation period, axillary fossa lymphadenectasis and edema of the upper extremity. The earlier the breast cancer is found, the higher the cure rate, so it is very important that you perform breast self examination regularly.

There are several check methods for breast self examination, including:

item Inspection

Take off clothes in front of the mirror. In the bright light, observe the your breasts in the mirror: Pay attention to whether bilateral breasts is symmetry; Check for whether changes in shape and contour of your breasts and nipples. Breast Self-Examination may be executed in several basic positions:

item Touch

Raise your left arm and use your right hand to touch your entire letf breast and armpit in a small circular motion. Repeat on your right breast.

Movement track of finger:
Fingers move in spiral paths

Fingers move in spiral paths for Breast Self Examination

Fingers move in up and down paths

Fingers move in up and down paths:

Fingers move in wedge paths

Fingers move in wedge paths for Breast Self Examination

item Squeeze nipples

Lightly squeeze nipples with thumb and index finger to check for nipple discharge or abnormal fluid from the nipples. If the feculent,light yellow and reddish liquid is found, you should be timely to go to the hospital for a check up.

Lightly squeeze nipples with thumb and index finger to check for nipple discharge or abnormal fluid from the nipples

item Lying down

Lay down and place a small pillow under the right shoulder, then put your right hand under your head, with the other hand to check your right breast. Use your forefinger, middle finger and ring finger to move gently in small circular motions over the entire breast and armpit. Use varying degrees of pressure, such as light, medium, and firm pressure: motions over all area of your breast and armpit. Look for any unusual lumps, swellings and unusual areas of skin. Repeat for the other breast and armpit.

Breast Self Examination: Lying down

Tip: Use your fingers to move gently in small circular motions over the entire breast and armpit.

Tip: Use your fingers to move gently in small circular motions over the entire breast and armpit.

See also:
Women Should Attach Importance to Breast Lumps That Don’t Cause Pain or Itch
Adult women should receive professional examination
Breast examination methods
Treatment for Breast Cancer
Breast Cancer Diet
Habits and customs that reduce your risk of breast cancer

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