Do a routine breast check with this 3 ways
Breast cancer is one of the most frightening type of cancer for women. Make no mistake, breast cancer is not only dangerous for women but also for men. Although known as a deadly disease, but breast cancer can actually be prevented. According to John Hopkins Medical Center about 40 percent of breast cancers are found by patients themselves through regular breast checks.
Knowing a lump in the breast early, although not always meaning cancer, can also save the lives of women. Because of that it is very important to check your own breasts regularly. Do not wait for a routine inspection per year with a doctor.
There are many things that cause the appearance of a lump in the breast. Some benign tumors are not only going to develop into cancer, but some can also be dangerous if left and not found in the long term.
To find out if your breasts are free from all forms of tumors and cancer, do these methods to check breasts regularly:
1 When bathing
When taking a shower or a bath, take a little time to check your breasts. It would be better if you raise a hand when doing this. Use your fingertips to feel the breast from outside to inside. Move your finger in a circle on the outer part of the breast up to the middle. Then touch also the armpits. Feel if there is a lump, or a thick piece. If you find three things immediately consult a doctor. Check both breasts regularly on the same date each month so that you begin to be familiar with your breast muscle and immediately know when there is a change.
2 In front of the mirror
Visually check your breasts in the mirror. Put both hands on the side. Then, lift your hands up. Try to note the difference in the contour of the breast. Are breast look swollen, or there is a change in the texture of the skin of the breast and the changes in the nipple.
Next, place the hands on the hips and press firmly to flex chest muscles. Do not worry if the right and left breasts do not look exactly the same, most of the woman’s breasts are like that. Look for wrinkles, lumps, or changes in each breast. If there is a change in breast contour and skin texture, moreover there is a bump, immediately consult a doctor.
3 Lying down
Put a pillow under your right shoulder and place your right arm behind your head. Use your right hand to examine the right breast. Perform a circular motion from the outside of the breast to the inside, just like the number one method. Check also the side of the breast and armpit. Try also to press the nipple, if there is a strange liquid that comes out or bumps. Do the same with the left breast.
If you find a lump, hard areas, or any changes in the breast, immediately visit a doctor for a checkup. Lump in the breast does not always mean cancer. Usually the doctor will suggest to do an ultrasound to find out what kind of lump is in your breast. Knowing and taking swift action is critical before it turns into a cancerous lump that is malignant and life-threatening for you.