Breasts Cancer - On A Regular Basis You Can Self Examine Breast For Signs And Symptoms of Breast Cancer
It has been found that each year more than a million women are diagnosed with breasts cancer but the survival rates have increased thankfully.
What has improved womens chances of surviving breast cancer is that they visit a GP immediately when they find something during their routine breast examination this is a swift diagnosis but it gives the opportunity for early treatment.
Doctors state that examinations carried out at home can make a huge difference between living and dying when it comes to breast cancer.
It is important that every woman does a monthly examination at home here is some information that is basic on how you can give yourself a breast examination and a bit of background on common symptoms of breast cancer.
How to perform a breast examination on yourself
Firstly stand in front of mirror and then take a look at your breasts. To you they should appear as their normal size and shape.
With your observations you should not see any kind of misshapen areas and the nipple area has no changes and looks the same as before.
Now, lift up your arms and check your breasts again in the mirror with your arms above your head. Do the same steps as when you are in your natural posture.
Does all appear well? It's time to lie down on your bed. You must tuck one arm behind your head and with the other hand begin to touch your breast.
You are to start touching from around the nipple then continue to work the way out to include areas that are above and below your breast. Using a circular motion with your touch will enable you to feel anything unusual such as hard lumps.
As some women struggle with this particular part of the examination due to age etc; if you prefer, you can also do the same exam while in the shower with one arm above your head.
The Symptoms of Breast Cancer
During the examination you could encounter any of the following and it is important that you do make an appointment and see your doctor as soon as possible. Don't panic, but play it safe nevertheless.
. Breast Changes: Do your breasts look like they are swollen? Do any parts of your breasts appear swollen or misshapen?
. Changes in skin: The skin can become dimpled, or a rash that is scaly.
. Lumps: One of the most common signs of breast cancer are lumps. Are there any painless hard lumps in your breast?
. Changes in Nipples: The appearance of your nipples may change (often becoming inverted) or there can be a discharge from the nipple.
Women need to check their breasts often to give themselves the best possible chance of successful treatment.
Indeed, if you want to increase your chances of catching cancer early, you should examine your breasts every month and talk to your doctor if any of the above changes occur. The best way to stopping breast cancer is through early detection.
For further information you can go to www.abcf.org/