BREAST SELFEXAMINATION

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Stud­ies have shown that when women ex­am­ine them­selves reg­u­larly, they are more likely to pick up can­cers and other ab­nor­mal­i­ties at an ear­lier stage, which in­creases their chance of sur­viv­ing. Breast spe­cial­ist Dr Sarah Rayne of­fers guid­ance on how to do it:

STEP 1: TOUCH

Lie down and put your hand be­hind your head to stretch the breast out and make it eas­ier to feel. Start feel­ing the tis­sue be­side the armpit, and move around the breast in a circle.

STEP 2: LOOK

Look at your breasts in the mir­ror. Are they sym­met­ri­cal? Do they look the same, or are there new dif­fer­ences? Lift your arms over your head, and see if both breasts look the same – or if one is pulling in a new way.

STEP 3: CHECK IT OUT

Don’t be shy to get it checked out. If there’s some­thing new or wor­ry­ing about your breasts, go for a mam­mo­gram and see a qual­i­fied pro­fes­sional, who can tell you whether what you feel or see is a prob­lem or not.

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