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Breast Check Guide

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Breast Tissue Self Check Guide for Women AND Men

(Men have also been found to develop tumors within breast tissue, so please check too).

Let today be your monthly M.O.T, or Service for those of you who wish to make this part of your Self-Care Day, and do a Breast 'SELF-CHECK' Today!

 

Breast Cancer is one of the most common cancers in the UK, AND YES! Men can get Breast Cancer too! So lets work together to spread the word about

self-checks and make sure that we (men and women) are giving ourselves regular checks.

 

Below are the steps of carrying out self-examination. Please remember that this is an brief information guide and should NEVER be used instead of seeking medical advice and examination from a trained Health Advisor or Doctor.

Step 1: Begin by looking at your breasts in the mirror with your shoulders straight

and your arms on your hips.

Here's what you should look for:

 

Breasts that are their usual size, shape, and color

Breasts that are evenly shaped without visible distortion or swelling

If you see any of the following changes, bring them to your doctor's attention:

Dimpling, puckering, or bulging of the skin

A nipple that has changed position or an inverted nipple (pushed inward instead of sticking out)

Redness, soreness, rash, or swelling.

Step 2: Now, raise your arms and look for the same changes.

 

Step 3: While you're at the mirror, look for any signs of fluid coming out of one or both nipples (this could be a watery, milky, or yellow fluid or blood).

Step 4: Next, feel your breasts while lying down, using your right hand to feel your left breast and then your left hand to feel your right breast. Use a firm, smooth touch with the first few finger pads of your hand, keeping the fingers flat and together.

 

Use a circular motion, about the size of a quarter.

 

Cover the entire breast from top to bottom, side to side — from your collarbone to the top of your abdomen, and from your armpit to your cleavage.

 

Follow a pattern to be sure that you cover the whole breast. You can begin at the nipple,

moving in larger and larger circles until you reach the outer edge of the breast. You can also

move your fingers up and down vertically, in rows, as if you were mowing a lawn. This up-and down approach seems to work best for most women.

 

Be sure to feel all the tissue from the front to the back of your breasts: for the skin and tissue just beneath, use light pressure; use medium pressure for tissue in the middle of your breasts; use firm pressure for the deep tissue in the back. When you've reached the deep tissue, you should be able to feel down to your ribcage.

Step 5: Finally, feel your breasts while you are standing or sitting. Many women and men find that the easiest way to feel their breast tissue is when their skin is wet and slippery, so they like to do this step in the shower. Cover your entire breast, using the same hand movements described in Step 4.

The above steps are crucial within a self-check but please remember that not all cancers can be detected in this way. IF IN DOUBT GIVE YOUR DOCTOR A SHOUT!

 

 

WHAT YOU CAN DO?

 

Monthly Home Exams from the age of 20

Attending Clinical Examinations

Annual Baseline Mammograms for the over 40's who are at risk

 

 

PLEASE NOTE: The above guide is for information purposes only and SHOULD NOT BE USED INSTEAD OF SEEKING MEDICAL ADVICE AND/OR EXAMINATION.

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