Breast Cancer Unit
Your tool for early diagnosis of Breast Cancer
- The breast self-examination is a process through which the women can do her self-check up to look for changes in the breast tissues if any.
- The breast self-examination is not a substitute for the breast screening, however, the experts encourage the women to carefully examine their breast in order to remain aware of the look as well as the feel of the breast.
- The familiarity is important as it will immediately allow you to pinpoint any changes that may be caused due to several reasons.
Why you should do a breast self-examination?
- The first and the foremost aim of conducting a breast self-examination is to report any changes if observed by you during the breast self-examination to a medical professional so that serious concern can be taken.
Best time to do breast self-examination:
- The best time for doing a breast self-examination is 3-5 days after the monthly period starts.
- The women are advised to repeat this self-examination every month at the same time because the hormonal variations that take place during the menstrual cycle also cause changes in the characteristics of the breast.
- The breasts are neither tender nor lumpy during this time of the monthly cycle. If you have reached the stage of menopause, then it is advised to do this self-test on the same date every month.
- You can check your breasts randomly. For instance, while having a shower or while getting up from the bed or going to sleep.
How to do a breast self-examination:
- Stand in the mirror with your upper part of the body being exposed
- Take a deep look for signs of swellings, dimpling or redness on or near the breast area
- Repeat the same in different positions by placing your hands on the hips and the arms overhead
- Touch your breasts with your finger pads and seek the lumps that may surface. Also, look out for the soreness. Move the fingers over the breast and the nipple area.
- Palpate the area that extends till the armpit. Repeat this procedure in standing as well as sitting position.
- Also, squeeze both the nipples to check for the presence of any discharge. However, the same should not be done if you are on breast feeding.
Visit Doctor if found:
- A lump/thickening/knot/swelling in the breast or underarm area
- Darkening/redness of breast
- Alterations in the size and shape of the breast
- Itchiness/scaling skin/rashes on the nipple
- Nipple discharge
- Presence of pain in the breast area
- Dimpling or puckering of the skin near or on the breast
Breast clinic at Dr. Rami Hamed Center provides better option for the diagnosis of breast cancer, breast cancer treatment and breast ultrasound.