October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and it’s the perfect time to learn how to self-check for breast cancer. In this easy-to-read guide, we’ll walk you through the process.

Why Self-Check?

Breast self-checks are essential for early detection. Detecting changes in your breasts early can make a significant difference in treatment outcomes.

How to Self-Check

1. Find a Quiet Spot: Choose a quiet, comfortable place to focus on your self-check.

2. Visual Examination: Stand in front of a mirror and look for changes in your breast size, shape, skin, or nipple.

3. Raise Your Arms: Raise your arms and repeat the visual check.

4. Nipple Examination: Squeeze your nipples to check for unusual discharge or lumps.

5. Manual Examination: Lie down and use your fingers to feel for lumps or changes. Use a circular motion, covering the entire breast.

6. Check the Other Side: Repeat the same steps for the other breast.

Here is a visual guide for reference:

What to Look For

  • Lumps or Thickening: Check for new or persistent lumps.
  • Breast Size or Shape: Watch for significant changes.
  • Skin or Nipple Changes: Be aware of dimpling, redness, or nipple changes.

See more in the illustration below:

When to Consult a Doctor

If you notice any of these changes during your self-check, see a doctor. Most breast changes aren’t cancer, but it’s vital to get professional advice.

Regular self-checks empower you with knowledge and help with early detection. This Pinktober, make self-checks a part of your routine, and encourage others to do the same. Early detection can save lives. Your health is worth it!

PS: AEON is partnering with Hospital Pantai Ampang, Cheras and Klang for 50% off mammogram for Pinktober month. Find out more below: