Breast Cancer Self Examination: What to look for during a breast examination

Getting to know one’s breasts makes it easier to be aware of any changes.

Regularly examining your breasts on your own can be an important way to find a breast cancer growth early.

This method involves the woman herself looking at & feeling each breast for possible lumps, distortions or swelling.

Make it a routine to stand before the mirror whilst inspecting both breasts for any unusual changes. Remember, your health matters.

Gradually press or work from the outter edge of the breast in small circles with your fingers towards the nipple.

These circular movements will help identify any lumps or abnormalities within the breast.

On the breast itself, be aware of:

  1. Lump or thickness that is painless
  2. Enlarged veins
  3. Dimpling or puckering of the skin surface.

On the nipple itself, be aware of:

  1. Discharge or blood through the nipple
  2. Rash on or around the nipple
  3. Lump or thickening beneath the nipple
  4. Change in position of the nipple.

Consult your doctor or nearest health facility if any of the above mentioned abnormalities have been felt. Early detection of any of these gives the doctor a better chance to offer effective treatment.