A breast self-examination involves checking your breasts for lumps or changes. The reason women do breast self-exams is to learn what’s normal for their breasts. The best time to do a self breast exam is about 3 – 5 days after your period starts. The best way to perform a breast self-examination is lying down and lightly touch your breasts with your fingertips. Then press down your fingers gently yet firmly, using small circular motions to examine the entire breast. Look for changes or problems in the breast tissue. Even though you discover a lump in your brest it doesn’t necessarily mean that you have cancer, but it’s important to see a doctor to be sure. Breast cancer can occur at any age, though it is most common in women older than 50. For further information I recommend the site www.breastcancer.org
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. People all over the world are wearing pink ribbons to honor survivors, remember those lost to the disease, and to support the progress we are making together to defeat breast cancer. It’s also a reminder for women of all ages to be aware of the importance to perform breast self-exams at least once a mont. About 40% of diagnosed breast cancers are detected by women performing a regular breast self-exam. If you feel a lump in your breast don’t wait – see a doctor. Mammograms can also help you to detect cancer. Finding breast cancer early and treating it are the most important strategies in the fight against it.
Blogs, websites, networks and social media pages around the world are turning the internet pink to help raise awareness for breast cancer! It’s our way of helping out and spreading the word about breast cancer.