Sim­ple things that could CUT BREAST CAN­CER RISK

Jamaica Gleaner - - HEALTH -

Women of all ages are en­cour­aged to per­form breast self-ex­ams at least once a month. If in the shower, use the pads of your fin­gers, move around your en­tire breast in a cir­cu­lar pat­tern mov­ing from the out­side to the cen­tre, check­ing the en­tire breast and armpit area. Or if in front of a mir­ror, vis­ually in­spect your breasts with your arms at your sides. Next, raise your arms high over­head. Look for any changes in the con­tour, any swelling, or dim­pling of the skin, or changes in the nip­ples. Next, rest your palms on your hips and press firmly to flex your chest mus­cles. Or ly­ing down, place a pil­low un­der your right shoul­der and your right arm be­hind your head. Us­ing your left hand, move the pads of your fin­gers around your right breast gen­tly in small, cir­cu­lar mo­tions cov­er­ing the en­tire breast area and armpit. Use light, medium, and firm pres­sure. Squeeze the nip­ple. Check for dis­charge and lumps. Re­peat for the left breast. Check both breasts each month, feel­ing for any lump, thick­en­ing, or hard­ened knot. No­tice any changes and get lumps eval­u­ated by your health-care provider.

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