Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Sherri's Helpful Hints

Steps to Breast Self-Examination

Just as your period ends (or at the same time each month if you do not have periods), check for any change in the normal look or feel of your breasts. Report any changes to your doctor. Go for regular breast exams and be sure to ask about a mammogram (unless you're nursing).

Step One: Lying Down
Feel for a hard lump, thickening or any change in your breast tissue.
1. Lie down on your back with a pillow under your right shoulder.
2. Use the pads of the three middle fingers on your left hand to examine your right breast.
3. Press, using light, medium and firm pressure in a circular motion from the nipple outward.
4. Follow an up and down pattern.
5. Feel for changes in your breast, above and below your collarbone and in your armpit area.
6. Repeat on your left breast using your right hand.

These steps may be repeated while bathing or showering using soapy hands.

Step Two: In Front of the Mirror
Look for changes in the shape, size or appearance of your breasts. Look for dimpling, rash or puckering of the skin or nipple, nipple discharge or any change from normal. Inspect your breasts in four steps:
1. Hold arms at your sides.
2. Hold arms over your head.
3. Press your hands on your hips to tighten your chest muscles.
4. Bend forward with your hands on your hips.

For more information about breast health or breast cancer, please call the Komen National Toll-Free Breast Care Helpline at 1-800-462-9273 or visit their website

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