Although the best way to detect breast cancer is mammograms, self-exam is also beneficial for early detection. Self-exams have to be performed once a month in a certain day of the menstruation cycle. According to the Johns Hopkins Medical Center:
“Forty percent of diagnosed breast cancers are detected by women who feel a lump, so establishing a regular breast self-exam is very important.”
The following poster explains in details how to do breast exam yourself.
This video explains more details about the breast self-exam. The video has been age-restricted based on Youtube’s Community Guidelines [18+].
According to Susan G. Komen for the Cure® the symptoms of breast cancer are as following. If you found any of these symptoms consult with your doctor ASAP:
- Lump, hard knot or thickening inside the breast or underarm area
- Swelling, warmth, redness or darkening of the breast
- Change in the size or shape of the breast
- Dimpling or puckering of the skin
- Itchy, scaly sore or rash on the nipple
- Pulling in of your nipple or other parts of the breast
- Nipple discharge that starts suddenly
- New pain in one spot that doesn’t go away