Since I have your attention, I want to let you know that doing a monthly breast self-exam is really important. This is how I found my cancer and how you might find yours too. Imagine if I hadn’t done my self-exam and just didn’t see my doctor until December again! I would not be in the same boat as I’m in now. Early detection is KEY!
To do your self-exam at home, follow these 5 steps:
- Look at your breasts in the mirror. Check for:
- Dimpling, puckering, or bulging of the skin
- Change or inversion of the nipple
- Redness, soreness, rash or swelling
- Raise your arms overhead and check for the same things.
- Look for any fluid leaking from the nipple.
- Lie down and feel for lumps. Apply gentle, but firm pressure from your collar bone to your abdomen and from your breastbone to your armpit. Try moving your hand in small circles or up and down.
- Now stand up and check for lumps in the same way as #4.1
If you’re not afraid of boobs – watch this video…
Ideally, you should do your self-exam at the same time during your menstrual cycle each month. If you’re not cycling you can pick a day each month that you do your check!
The better you know your body, the more you’ll be able to detect a change. It could save your life. Have the “breast” day, friends! ❤