This month is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and it is very important for women to get their mammograms when needed and to conduct at-home breast exams regularly. This month is to make sure that all women are taking care of themselves and staying in the best health they can. Not only that, but to help detect the signs of early breast cancer.
According to nbcam.org, “Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in the United States, aside from skin cancer. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), an estimated 192,370 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed among women in the United States this year. An estimated 40,170 women are expected to die from the disease in 2009 alone. Today, there are about 2.5 million breast cancer survivors living in the United States.”
Feminist.com also give a nice tutorial on how to administer a at-home breast exam:
IN THE SHOWER
Raise one arm. With fingers flat, touch every part of the breast, gently feeling for a lump or thickening. Use your right hand to examine your left breast, your left hand for your right breast.
BEFORE A MIRROR
With arms at your sides, then raised above your head, look carefully for changes in the size, shape, and contour of each breast. Look for puckering, dimpling, or changes in skin texture.
Gently squeeze both nipples and look for discharge.
Place a towel or pillow under your right shoulder and your right hand behind your head. Examine your right breast with your right hand.
Fingers flat, press gently in small circles, starting at the outermost top edge of your breast and spiraling in toward the nipple. Examine every part of the breast. Repeat with left breast.
With your arm resting on a firm surface, use the same circular motion to examine the underarm area. This is breast tissue, too.
“THIS SELF-EXAM IS NOT A SUBSTITUTE FOR PERIODIC EXAMINATIONS BY A QUALIFIED PHYSICIAN.”
MAMMOGRAMS SAVE LIVES.
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