First, let me just say this.
I am so proud of you. I’m not kidding. I’m not patronizing.
There is something inherently scary for some women about committing to monthly self-exams.
What if you find something? What if you don’t?
Knowing your body and going to the doctor if you find a change is one of the most essential keys.
You’ve taken a very important first step. (Hugging you tight)
Here are easy to follow instructions on your monthly self-exam.
I’m giving you a quick 1-minute option.
1 minute…that fast?! Yep! I just timed myself.
In the Shower (because soap and water create a nice slick surface) or right after brushing your teeth. It doesn’t really matter as long as you do it.
Using the pads of your fingers, start at your nipple and move in a small growing circular pattern all the way to the edges, and include gliding your fingers along your armpit area, up into your collar bone, and down your sternum. You can use light, medium, and firm pressure to see what you feel. Make sure to gently squeeze your nipple and check for discharge. Once you complete one side, don’t forget the other!
*You can also go from the outside in. Whatever makes you happy.
*For more involved (but still easy) instructions, click here.
Here are a list of things to look for…
Lumps, bumps, rash, dips, dimples, concave areas, thickening or hardening skin, puckering, discharge or blood for your nipple, nipple tenderness that is different than what is normal for you, skin texture changes (orange peel), skin changes such as red or scaly, size changes (especially if asymmetric), swelling.
*A few things to keep in mind. Some of these changes do not always mean cancer.
If something is happening to one breast usually it will be on the other side as well. For example, monthly ‘lumpy breasts’ are often the similar on both sides. When it is not, go see your doctor.
This is the key. KNOW your breasts. Learn what they look like, feel like. Their shape, texture, and weight.
Then…if anything ever changes, GO see your doctor. #KNOWANDGO
YOU ARE WORTH the inconvenience of an appointment!
XO ~ MK