Examine your breasts regularly

It is important for women to examine their breasts and stay aware of any changes that may be taking place to their breasts. This can help you to pick up possible breast cancer and you may be able take action immediately.

How often should I examine myself?

Most doctors advise on women examining their breasts once a month, usually after they have completed their monthly menstrual cycle.

Where can this be done?

Most women prefer to examine their breasts either in the shower or whilst lying in bed. Do whichever is comfortable for you.

What are you feeling for?

When undertaking a breast examination, you should check to see if you feel a lump or thickening in the breast tissue. You should also check for changes in the shape, size as well as appearance of the breasts. This can be done when facing a mirror. In addition, if your nipples have a discharge, it should be of concern.

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See your doctor

If you experience any of the above changes, see your doctor. You should note that not all lumps are cancerous but it is important for your doctor to confirm this.

If you have not performed a breast examination on yourself before, it is advisable to ask your doctor to check if you are doing it correctly. In this way, you can be more at ease when doing it for yourself thereafter.

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