According to Breast Cancer Welfare Association Malaysia, the best time for your monthly breast self-examination is seven to 10 days after your period starts, when your breasts feel less tender. Dr. Christopher Ng, medical director of GynaeMD Women’s & Rejuvenation Clinic, recommends following this guide from the American Cancer Society.
TIME TAKEN: 15 minutes
- Lie down so that the breast tissue spreads evenly over the chest. Raise your right arm above your head.
- In a small, overlapping circular motion, use the finger pads of the three middle fingers on your left hand to feel the lumps in the right breast.
- Apply three levels of pleasure: light for the tissue closest to the skin; medium to feel deeper: and firm for the tissues closest to the chest and ribs. Use each level to feel one spot before moving on.
- Move around the breast in an up-and-down pattern. Go down until you feel only ribs, up to the neck or collarbone, and out to the underarm and middle of the chest. Studies suggest that this pattern is the most effective for covering the entire area without missing any tissue.
- Repeat the exam on your left breast with your right hand.
YOU’RE LOOKING OUT FOR…Lumps that may be cancerous. Alert your gynae if you feel a lump, however small it is.
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