There are three
important methods, which applied together, help to detect breast
What you should know about BSE
Unfortunately, mammography, which has been a standard tool for breast cancer screening for many years, according the new research is neither fail-safe nor risk-free. Until a safe, foolproof and accessible screening method for breast cancer can be developed, self-exams are an irreplaceable element in the early detection tool kit.
Ideally, the method should be demonstrated for the first time, by professionally trained medical personnel during your annual clinical breast exam.
Approaching BSE as
a specific type of exercise rather than a complicated, scary diagnostic
procedure, will make becoming skilled in examining your breasts much easier.
Even if your doctor regularly examines your breasts, chances are this occurs
only once a year. The same goes for screening mammography. The advantage of
BSE is that you can perform it yourself as often as you wish – ideally once
This is not an attempt to convince you that BSE is a universal or superior method of diagnosis to mammography or clinical breast examination but the recommendations should be treated as a self-teaching guide, which stresses that it is never too late to learn, particularly if the skills attained serve to enhance your health.
Besides possibly helping you to discover a tumour, getting into the routine of systematic, monthly BSE performance also increases your awareness of the disease.
In order to increase your chances of survival, it is a good thing to take matters “into your own hands” and learn a new skill, which may one day save your life.
Awareness and Self-Examination
breasts are different, and some changes can occur because of aging, the
menstrual cycle, pregnancy, menopause, or taking birth control pills or
other hormones. It is normal for the breasts to feel a little lumpy and
Women can notice
changes by being aware of how their breasts normally feel and feeling their
breasts for changes (breast awareness) or by choosing to use a step-by-step
and using a specific schedule to examine the breasts (breast-self
The most effective way to find a change in your breast is by using your own fingers. You don't need a breast self-examination pad or any other type of aid to examine your breasts.
The procedure, we would like to present, for doing breast self-exam is different than previous procedure recommendations. It is also recommended by the American Cancer Society
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