The breast is one of the most important parts of the body that every woman should pay attention to. Do checkups yourself and also visit your doctor for regular checkups as this will help you detect lump or breast cancer on time.
It is also good for you to know if your breasts are in normal shape and size, also confirm if you notice something unusual like color changes or discharge.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to raise awareness about the impact of breast cancer.
Here are the steps to help you know if you have lumps in your breast.
1. Stand In Front Of A Big Mirror
Stand naked in front of a mirror, take a serious look at your breast while your arms are resting on your sides. Look at the position of the breasts, the skin and confirm if they are not equal in size and shape then it’s normal.
2. Touch Your Nipples
Check your nipples for sores, peeling, or change in size and direction. Rub your nipples against your breasts, check for redness or blood clots.
3. Press Down Firmly
While standing in front of the mirror, place your hand around your waist then press your breast firmly to tighten the chest muscles. Let your breast fall forward and look for any changes in shape or contour.
4. Bend Toward The Mirror
Bend toward the mirror, roll your shoulders and elbows forward to tighten the chest muscles. Clasp your hands behind your head and press your hands forward. Turn from sides to sides to inspect your breast’s outer parts, look at the border underneath using your hands to raise them up, and also check your cleavage.
5. Check Your Nipple For Discharge
To check your nipples for discharge you need to place your thumb and forefinger on the tissue around your nipple and pull outward and toward the end of the nipple. Repeat these steps for some minutes.
Do regular breast examinations yourself, although the changes might not be cancerous it’s better to stay safe.
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