Early WARNING Signs Of Breast Cancer Women Need To Know!
Breast cancer is one of the most common types of cancer found in women, with more than 1 in every 10 cases of new cancer diagnoses. Shocking! I know, this means 1 out of every 8 women in the United States has been diagnosed with invasive breast cancer; that’s about 10% of the total population. But how do we detect breast cancer in its early stages? And how do you even conduct a self-exam? What about the risk factors for this deadly disease? Don’t start worrying just yet. Stick around, and we’ll address all your concerns in today’s post.
Let’s start by giving ourselves a preliminary self-examination. Breast cancer may not show clear-cut signs in its early stages. It gradually develops over time without dropping hints, so it is crucial to identify this silent killer as soon as possible. The question is: How? Well, the easiest way to go about it is to do a self-examination. A woman knows her body best, so you may notice an abnormality or changes through a physical examination of yourself. Based on this, there are two ways to conduct a breast self-exam.
A VISUAL EXAM :
1. Stand facing the mirror shirtless, with your hands at your sides.
2. Closely look at your breasts and watch out for unusual wrinkling and changes in size, shape, and symmetry.
3. Place your hands on your hips and see if you notice any abnormalities.
You can also use your hands while inspecting your breasts: Use the pads of your three middle fingers instead of tips to examine your breasts. Your finger pads will be more sensitive to feeling and detecting abnormal growth or lumps. If you have difficulty feeling, you can use another sensitive area like the back of your fingers or palm, whatever you deem fit. Next, apply pressure slowly to analyze the depths of your breast. Then increase the pressure to feel more of the breast’s contents, but be firm when feeling the extreme depths of the tissue close to your ribs. Remember to take your time with it. Be careful that you don’t hurt yourself. Because you don’t want to miss out on any area, we suggest following a definite pattern. You can start with your collarbone and move towards the nipple, then go back towards the outer edge and address the next section.
To simplify the process, you can perform the self-exam while lying down (this will spread your breast tissue, making it thinner and easier to assess)
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