February is self-check month. Take this month to put your health and preventative care first by paying attention to your body and how you feel. Here are some tips to give yourself a breast exam and check for lumps, bumps or growths that could be signs of breast cancer. Regularly examining your breasts on your own can find breast cancer early when it’s more likely to be treated successfully.
Look at your breasts in the mirror with your shoulders straight and your arms on your hips. Next, check that breasts are their usual size, shape, and color. Also look for dimpling, puckering or bulging skin. Check nipple position, check for fluid coming from the nipple and check for any redness, soreness or swelling on the entire breast.
Next, lift arms above your head and repeat step one.
Lay down and use your right hand to feel your left breast and your left hand to feel your right breast. Use a firm, smooth touch with the first few finger pads of your hand, keeping the fingers flat and together and use a circular motion to cover the entire breast and the area around it.
Try doing the steps in the shower as skin may be easier to work your fingers across. If you find anything out of the ordinary that concerns you, it doesn’t always mean something is wrong but make an appointment with your doctor to get a second opinion and make sure you don’t have anything to worry about.