Health Tip: Perform a Breast Self-Exam11/03/11
(HealthDay News) -- A monthly breast self-exam can help you
identify any changes or abnormalities early, which could lead to a
better chance of successful breast cancer treatment.
The American Cancer Society offers these guidelines for
performing a breast self-exam:
- Lying down with your right arm behind your head, use the middle
three fingers on your left hand to look for abnormalities using a
small, circular motion.
- Alternate between using light, medium and firm pressure.
- Continue the exam moving up and down in imaginary lines on your
breast, making sure that you examine all areas of the breast, chest
- Repeat the exam with your other hand and other breast.
- Stand up and examine your breasts in the mirror, also raising
your arms to inspect underarms.
- Look for any changes in the size, shape or color of the skin,
including redness, scaling or dimpling.
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