While skin cancer self-examinations are every important for both sexes, it is especially important for women to do self-breast-examinations once a month.
What you will need:
- Somewhere to lay down
- In the Shower – using the pads of your fingers, move entire breast in a circular motion from outside to center. You should be checking the entire breast and armpit area – looking for any lumps, thickening, or a hardening knot.
- In Front of a Mirror – look at breasts with your arms at your sides and then raise them overhead. Note any changes in contour, swelling, dimpling of the skin, or change in nipples. Next, place your hands on your hips and press firmly to flex the pectoral muscles, look for any dimpling, puckers, or changes (especially to one side verses another).
- Lying Down – the breast tissue should spread out evenly, place a pillow under the right arm and shoulder. Using the left hand, move your fingers around your breast in small circular motions – using light, medium, and firm pressure checking for discharge or lumps. Repeat for the left breast.
If you feel any abnormalities, schedule a visit to your doctor. In addition to monthly self-exams, you should visit your doctor for an annual examination.