Statistics reveal that monthly breast self-examinations save thousands of lives each year. That’s why doctors recommend that every woman over age 20 should perform such a monthly examination.

The best time to perform a self-examination is two or three days after your period ends, when your breasts are usually not tender or swollen. If you no longer menstruate, you can examine your breasts at any time of the month, just so you do it at the same time each month. Familiarity with your breasts will better enable you to notice any changes. You should report any unusual changes to your doctor immediately. Here are the main things you should look for during each self-examination:

1) A change in the contour of your breast(s), such as a lump or swelling.

2) An increase in the size of a breast.

3) A change in either the appearance or direction of a nipple.

5) Puckering or bleeding from a nipple.

6) Unusually pronounced veins.

7) A change in the appearance of the breast skin.

Any unusual rash.


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