Prevent Breast Cancer
Examine your breasts
Breasts have a tendency to change shape during oneâ€™s life. Examine your breasts once a month, one week after your menstruation. You will learn to know their shape and become familiar with the normal lumps if there are any.
One woman in eight is at risk of developing breast cancer during her life. Generally, if it is treated early enough, the majority of women recover. Therefore it is important to know how to identify a cancer in order to avoid the worst.
In front of the mirror
Put your arms at your sides and try to detect any change in the size, shape, texture, or skin of your breasts. Lean forward, facing the mirror, curving your shoulders with your elbows in front of you. Look carefully to see if there has been a change in the shape of your breasts. Put your hands behind your head and press firmly to verify the exterior and interior surfaces of your breasts.
In the shower
Place your left hand behind your head and examine your left breast with your right hand, keeping your fingers very straight. Examine your breast in a clockwise direction, with circular movements, moving towards the nipple. Pay special attention to the outer part toward the armpit. Repeat the procedure, examining the right breast with your left hand.
Place a small pillow under your left shoulder and put your left hand behind your head. Examine your left breast with your right hand moving in a clockwise direction. Flatten and explore the nipple with your fingers held flat to detect changes. Repeat the procedure with your right breast, using your left hand. If you find anything unusual, consult a doctor immediately. Remember that prevention is the best way to fight cancer.
If you have breast implants, verify often and regularly that everything is OK. Do the regular breast examination and find out how to examine the state of your implants. If your implants are leaking or if you find something that is unusual, consult a doctor immediately.