Just a few minutes, once a month could save your life. Take time to regularly examine your breasts. To insure that you do this regularly, mark a specific day each month on your calendar or daily planner for your regular breast self-examination. While you're at it, make an appointment for your annual Mammogram and Clinical Exam and mark you calendar for that also.Performing a Breast Self-Exam is as easy as 1-2-3. Just what am I looking for?
1. Take a stand. Standing before a mirror, look for such noticeable changes as dimpling or size difference. Inspect four ways: arms at sides, arms overhead; firmly pressing arms on hips; and bending forward.
2. Health Lies Ahead. While lying on your back, place a pillow under your right shoulder. Move the three middle fingers of the left hand in a circular motion over the entire breast; press firmly. Change the pillow to the left shoulder and examine the left breast with the right hand.
3. Your Power Shower. Do the following:
Sweep... With a soapy right hand, make continuing parallel sweeps from the collarbone up and down to the left breast. Repeat this on the other side.
Axillary... With your right hand at your side place the fingers of your left hand into your right armpit and feel for hard lumps. Repeat on the other side.
Bimanual... Support the left breast with the left hand and, with the soapy right hand, walk the fingers back and forth over the entire breast,. Repeat on the other side.
Here's to Your Health.