As part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the awareness-raising campaign, the need for regular self-examinations is emphasized heavily. Early detection of breast cancer opens up more treatment options and ensures that things don’t get as bad as they can. If you’re not familiar with the self-exam to detect early signs of breast cancer, this is what you need to know.
Do The Exam 3 – 5 Days After Your Period
According to Doctor Suzzie, the best time to perform your breast cancer self-examination is 3 – 5 days after your period. During this particular time after your period, your breasts are less likely to be swollen and lumpy. A bonus tip from Doctor Suzzie to do the exam while you’re in the shower. It’s a bit easier to check for lumps when you’re slippery.
One Hand Goes Behind Your Head
When you have to check your left breast, put your left hand behind your head, and do the same when you’re checking for your right. This brings your chest out on the side you’re checking and makes it easier to feel any irregularities with your other hand.
Don’t Poke: Use The Palm-Side Of The Length Of Your Fingers
This is a mistake that you’re likely to make if you’ve never self-examined. According to Doctor Suzzie, abnormalities are easier to detect when you’re using the flat of fingers and pressing them down on your breasts in a gentle circular motion. That’s much more effective
Divide Your Breast Into Four Quadrants
Finally, to conduct a self-examination, divide each breast into four quadrants. The upper outward quadrant, upper inward quadrant, the lower outward quadrant and the lower inward quadrant. This makes your examination more thorough by making sure that there isn’t a part of the breast that you haven’t checked.