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.
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: