We’ve all been told the importance of checking our bodies every month for signs of breast cancer, but not very many of us do—or even know how.
According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths behind lung cancer. Early detection gives you the best chance of survival.
Doing a breast self-exam can help you find breast cancer early and help you beat the odds.
How to Perform a Breast Self-Exam
If you haven’t examined your breasts before, here’s how to do it:
- 1. Look at your breasts in the mirror for anything unusual. Then, raise your arms, looking again for anything out of the norm.
- 2. Next, lay down on your back and feel each one of your breasts using small, circular motions. Make sure you cover the entire breast and make note of anything lumps or soreness.
- 3. Finally, either sit-up or stand and feel each one of your breasts, again using small circular motions. Make sure to feel every part of your breast.
By checking your breasts each month, you will recognize if there are any changes and spot anything unusual early. If you notice changes, schedule an appointment with your OB/GYN as soon as possible.
Happy Breast Cancer Awareness Month!