【Breast Health Guide】Found suspicious lumps in breasts? 3-ways to conduct a self-breast check-up

【Breast Health Guide】Found suspicious lumps in breasts? 3-ways to conduct a self-breast check-up

【Breast Health Guide】Found suspicious lumps in breasts? 3-ways to conduct a self-breast check-up

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women's health
Apr 21, 2021
【Breast Health Guide】Found suspicious lumps in breasts? 3-ways to conduct a self-breast check-up

According to the Hong Kong Breast Cancer Foundation, breast cancer has been the most common form of cancer since 1994. Till now there is still no proven cause of breast cancer. However, those who lack physical activities, have never fed breast milk, are overweight or obese, are stressed etc. have a higher risk of breast cancer.  


Early-stage breast cancer does not have obvious symptoms. Usually, patients start to feel discomfort during the late stages of breast cancer when the optimal time frame for treatment has already passed. Therefore, all women should carry out regular self-breast check-ups. Identifying symptoms as soon as possible and getting treatment in the early-stage can increase the survival rate.  Not only can self-breast check-ups reduce medical expenditures, but it also minimizes the adverse effects of treatment. Here we will share with you 3 ways to conduct a self-breast check-up.


Symptoms of Breast Cancer

If you find the following symptoms near the breast, please consult a doctor for further assessment.


Breast: 

  • Change in shape or size
  • Changes in the texture of breast skin (“orange-peel” appearance)
  • Dimpled skin
  • Lump in the breast


Nipples:

  • Blood coloured discharge
  • Changes in nipple shape
  • Inversion or turning of the nipple
  • Lump or tissue thickening around the nipple


Armpits:

  • Swelling or lumps in your armpit

Stand in Front of a Mirror to check breasts

Self-Breast Check-up 1: Stand in Front of a Mirror

Place your hands on your waist and carefully examine the shape and size of your breasts. Look for spots that are dimpled, the shape of nipples and if there is any discharge. Then do the same with arms raised above the head. Compare these results with those of your last check-up.

Lying down for self-breast check up

Self-Breast Check-up 2: Lying Down

Place a small pillow under the right shoulder then use your left hand to inspect the right breast. Use the pads of your fingers to inspect the breast and underarm area for any hard lumps. You can feel your breast with a circular motion from the outer area towards the nipple. Feel the texture of your breast and make notes of any hard lumps. Then move the pillow to the left side and repeat the above steps with the right hand on the left breast and armpit area. 

Self-breast check-up in shower

Self-Breast Check-up 3: In the Shower

Use the same method to inspect the breasts as when lying down, in the shower on wet skin.


According to the Cancer Online Resource Hub, women should regularly inspect their breasts to find breast cancer symptoms as early as possible and ensure the health of their breasts.

Table shows different breast cancer risks for women

90% of breast cancer patients noticed symptoms themselves first. So regular self-breast exams are crucial. Do you want healthy breasts? Start monthly self-breast check-ups today!


References:

  1. HK Breast Cancer Foundation - Local Statistics 
  2. HK Breast Cancer Foundation - What is Breast Cancer
  3. Cancer Online Resource Hub - Breast Cancer
  4. Hong Kong Anti-Cancer Society

women's health
Apr 21, 2021
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