How to do breast self-examination?

"With the recent publicity, politics and activism raised around breast cancer, women have been very concerned about this disease. As is logical, many feel terrified at the slightest bulge ", that is why it is important to know how to do a breast self-examination, explains June Engel, author of the book El libro del pecho by Editorial Paidós.

June Engel emphasizes that it is important for women to be informed about breast changes that must undergo medical review, as well as to attend all the revisions suggested by the doctor.

The expert indicates that it is understandable to feel anguish if a lump is found in the breast, however, stresses that this does not mean having breast cancer, or that you are going to practice a mammogram; Emphasizes that the visit to the doctor is always the best response to any situation and thus avoid that, that change that is perceived, is cause for concern without foundation.

 

How to do breast self-examination?

It is common that there are doubts about the correct way to do it, as well as knowing what is being sought. It is essential that it be done with the naked torso and in front of the mirror, under a state of relaxation to be attentive.

It is also recommended that it be done once a month and on the same dates, without matching the premenstrual period. The specialist explains the six steps that make breast self-exploration:

  1. Observe the breasts.
  2. Raising the arms above the head: The two nipples and breasts should react in the same way, without the skin sinking or wrinkling.
  3. Support the hands with force in the waist: Observe if there is any secretion in squeezing the nipple.
  4. Push the shoulders forward.
  5. Take the left breast and feel it gently with the fingers of the right hand.
  6. Take the right breast and repeat the palpitation.

While you are lying down, with your right hand under your head, feel your right breast with the fingers of your left hand. Repeat the operation with the left breast.

What is there to look for?

  1. Asymmetry (difference between both breasts which previously did not have),
  2. Inflammation
  3. Nipple discharge
  4. Skin flaking
  5. Dimples or wrinkles on the skin.
  6. Persistent pink or reddish spots
  7. Retraction or inversion of the nipple.

Do not fall into a state of alert if you discover a small bump in the breast or there are strange changes. You have to go to the gynecologist to do a thorough review and according to your assessment, he judges whether or not it will be necessary to do more analysis, such as a mammogram or ultrasound. "Self-esteem is the strength of your voice." If you want to know more information write to bojorge@teleton.org.mx

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Video Medicine: Breast Self Examination (April 2021).