Breast Self Examination (BSE)

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29 Oct 2016 - General

As October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, it is crucial to teach the public how to notice any early changes by themselves. Breast Self Examinations (BSE) are extremely important and are the best and easiest technique to check any breast abnormalities. Women 20 years and above should perform BSE monthly7-10 days after the start of menstruation.

Step 1: Check by looking at your breasts in the mirror with your shoulders straight and your arms on your hips.

  • size, shape, and color
  • any visible distortion or swelling

Report to doctor if there is:

  • Dimpling, puckering, or bulging of the skin
  • A nipple that has changed position or an inverted nipple (pushed inward instead of sticking out)
  • Redness, soreness, rash, or swelling

Step 2: Now, raise your arms and look for the same changes.

Step 3: While you're at the mirror, look for any signs of fluid coming out of one or both nipples (this could be a watery, milky, or yellow fluid or blood).

Step 4: Next, feel your breasts while lying down, using your right hand to feel your left breast and then your left hand to feel your right breast. Use a firm, smooth touch with the first few finger pads of your hand, keeping the fingers flat and together. Use a circular motion, about the size of a quarter.

Cover the entire breast from top to bottom, side to side — from your collarbone to the top of your abdomen, and from your armpit to your cleavage.

Step 5: Finally, feel your breasts while you are standing or sitting using the same hand movements described in step 4.

Self examination of the breasts is one of the most important things in early detection of breast cancer. There should be more awareness among females about the usefulness of self examination of the breasts and the correct technique of doing so. Doctors recommend annual or 6 monthly screening for breast cancer for women who are at the high risk of breast cancer, but self examination is something that can be done more frequently and can be done at home with ease. Women should be educated on possib...
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Great discussion of raising the need for conducting breast self-examination (BSE) on pink day. I agree with Jennifer Winter that we must always remind the general public that self-examination should be performed regardless of a family history of breast cancer. It is always better to detect signs early so that appropriate investigation through excision and biopsy or fine needle aspiration biopsy (FNAB). Doctors sh...
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