Understanding breast self-awareness facilitates early breast cancer detection
In the past, you may have been told to perform a monthly breast self-exam. Many women forget to perform the exam or aren’t sure if they’re doing it right. However, many reputable medical organizations now recommend that women practice breast self-awareness instead of worrying about sticking to a rigid schedule of monthly breast self-exams. Our Round Rock obgyns explain what breast self-awareness is.
Breast self-awareness is an important part of an early detection plan
Our Round Rock obgyns recommend three steps to help you detect breast cancer in its earliest and most treatable stages.
- An annual clinical breast examination during your annual wellness exam
- Annual mammograms if you are age 40 or older, or earlier if you have risk factors that put you at higher risk for developing breast cancer
- Incorporating breast self-awareness into your everyday life
What is breast self-awareness?
Breast self-awareness means knowing your breasts, including what they normally look and feel like. Once you establish this, you can report any changes that you notice to our Round Rock obgyns. Breast self-awareness requires that you look at and touch your breasts to determine how they normally feel and if there are any changes. Here are some important changes you should note and report to our Round Rock obgyns.
- Any lumps, thickening or knots in your breasts or armpit area
- Changes in the shape or size of your breasts
- Redness, darkening, warmth or swelling
- Puckered or dimpled breast skin
- Nipples that feel itchy, sore, scaly or develop a rash
- Nipple discharge, especially if it is bloody
- Swelling in the lymph nodes in the armpits
- Persistent pain
Your breasts will change as you age and go through pregnancy and menopause so what is normal for your breasts will change over time. By incorporating breast self-awareness into your daily routine, you can learn what is normal for you. To learn more about breast self-awareness and early detection of breast cancer, contact us to schedule an appointment.Tweet