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Breast self-examination: how to do self-examination?

Breast self-examination is an important exercise to detect any abnormalities (eg nodules) in the breasts. But it is essential to know how to go about it and to proceed systematically to make it effective. Discover below precise indications that you can follow step by step.

How to do breast self-examination?

Breast self-examination consists of two stages: visual inspection and palpation of the breasts.

Visual inspection of the breasts

Put yourself shirtless standing in front of an ice cream, arms hang relaxed on both sides of the body. Look at your breasts and watch:

  • if the shape or position of one of the breasts has changed (does a breast appear higher or lower than before?)
  • if there are changes in the skin: does one of the breasts have wrinkles or retractions of the skin?
  • if there is a change in the nipples: do you observe an asymmetry? Has the color changed? Areolae show redness? Are the nipples maybe even painful?
    Then lean the bust slightly forward. Raise and lower your arms forward: observe the outline of the breasts which should not show any localized deformation or irregularity.

Palpation of the breasts

The actual palpation is lengthened, a cushion under the shoulders:

  • Put your right hand flat on the left breast. Make small circular motions by rolling the breast on the ribs. It is unnecessary to press hard, however, it is recommended to "pass" over the entire surface of the breast.
  • Do the same with the left hand on the right breast.
  • Finally, palpate the armpits in search of an enlarged ganglion.

And if you are not sure about yourself, do not hesitate to ask your doctor to show you how to do it: nothing beats the demonstration in real life.

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> The risks of mammography (video)
> Breast Cancer Screening
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