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How Should I Self-Check For Breast Cancer Symptoms?

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Ideally after the age of 40, women should look out for any subtle changes to their breasts to detect breast cancer early. Women should do a self-breast examination at regular intervals to locate issues that can help their doctor in quick diagnosis and treatment. A simple 4 step process is all you need before and during taking a shower:

1: While standing keep your shoulders straight and arms on your hips (moving upper body side by side).

Check Breasts For

  • Lump, hard knot or thickening inside the breast or underarm area
  • Change in size, shape, and color
  • Dimpling, puckering, or bulging of the skin
  • Itchy, scaly sore or rash on the nipple
  • Inverted nipple or difference in shape as compared with the other.
  • Any liquid discharge (watery, milky, or yellow fluid or blood) from either or both nipples.
  • New pain in one spot that doesn’t go away

2: Still standing, raise both your arms and check for the same changes as step one (moving upper body side by side).

3: Lie down on you back on a mat or bed

  • Using your right hand, feel your left breast and then your left hand to feel your right breast.
  • Keep fingers together and use the top pads of the fingers to firmly feel the breasts.
  • Use a circular motion while pressing, about the size of a quarter. Start from the nipple and move outwards in concentric circles. You can also choose to do it vertically.
  • Ensure that you cover the entire breast by following a proper pattern from your collarbone to the top of your abdomen, and from your armpit to your cleavage.
  • Use pressure accordingly to check the top tissue, middle tissue and deep tissue (you will feel your ribcage).

4: Get into a shower and moisten your hands with soap. Cover your entire breast, using the same hand movements described in step 3 above.

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The CureJoy Editorial team digs up credible information from multiple sources, both academic and experiential, to stitch a holistic health perspective on topics that pique our readers' interest.

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Devin Newstrand
Devin Newstrand 5pts

Hay, and if anyone is unsure how to do it,,,just give me a call

Angel Mozqueda
Angel Mozqueda 5pts

Check yo self before wreck yo self cus lumps in ur breast are bad fo ya health!!!!! Hahaha

Ralphie Raffles
Ralphie Raffles 5pts

Also look at your armpits in a mirror. If one is lumpy or difficult to shave go to your Dr.

Suvashri Devi
Suvashri Devi 5pts

Really important information which will help us.

Ayurveda
Ayurveda 5pts

Absolutely. Rightly said!

Terri Kleiner Wehrman
Terri Kleiner Wehrman 5pts

Please be sure to get a regular mammogram too, even without the symptoms! I'm recovering from breast cancer surgery, thank God stage 1A . Mine was discovered by a routine mammography, I had no symptoms, couldn't even feel a lump nor could my dr. I know this site is for natural remedies, but sometimes we have to put our faith in the hands of our dr's. I don't want to see any of my fellow sisters out there to go undetected! Love and peace to all of you!