October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Everyone should know how to and regularly perform a breast self-exam. Please click on our interactive “orange” to learn how to perform a breast self-exam. Thanks to the National Breast Cancer Organization, you can read and see how to properly check yourself for lumps, hardened knots and swelling. Here are a few tips on how to perform a breast self-exam and to stay up on your health:
Here’s what you should be looking for:
- Breasts that are their usual size, shape and color
Breasts that are evenly shaped without visible distortion or swelling
If you see any of the following changes, bring them to your doctor’s attention:
- Dimpling, puckering, hardened knots, bulging of the skin
A nipple that has changed position, such as an inverted nipple or unusual discharge
- Redness, soreness rash, swelling Mammograms can detect tumors before they can be felt, so screening is always a good idea for early detection. When you combine mammogram screening and regular medical care along with breast self-exams you will know what is normal for you and be more informed about your body. If you do find a lump, schedule an appointment with your doctor, but don’t worry yet– eight out of 10 lumps are not cancerous.
Call OB-GYN Women’s Centre of Lakewood Ranch
At OB-GYN women’s Centre of Lakewood Ranch, we are passionate about being there for women in every stage of their life. If you find a lump or are concerned about any changes in your breasts, please call us today!