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Statistically, roughly 1 in 8 women develop breast cancer in their lifetime with the odds being very high. Nearly everyone is affected by this disease in some way or another. Whether it is a personal diagnosis or that of a loved one. Finding answers to your questions and a supportive community of people who understand the experience makes all the difference.
All women should begin practicing a monthly Breast Self-Examination from age 20 and continue the practice it throughout their lives. As one of our daily mantras at BTI we believe and say that “practice makes perfect”. Women should especially continue with this during pregnancy and after menopause to ensure the health of their breasts.
Here is a quick and easy step by step of how to do a self-examination on yourself:
- In the mirror
In front of a mirror, check for any changes in the appearance of your breast, the look and feel of your breasts, such as dimpling, size difference or nipple discharge. Inspect in four ways: arms at sides, arms overhead, firmly pressing hands on hips and bending forward.
- Lying down
Lie on your back with a pillow under your right shoulder and your right hand under your head. With the four fingers of your left hand make small circular motions, follow with an up and down pattern over the entire breast area, under the arms and up to the shoulder bone, pressing firmly. Repeat using the right hand on the left breast.
- While bathing
With your right arm raised, check your right breast with a soapy left hand and fingers flat using the method described under step 2. Repeat on the other side.
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