“40% of the diagnosed breast cancers are detected by women who feel a lump, so establishing a regular breast self-exam is very important.”
-National Breast Cancer Organisation
HOW TO GET A FREE SCREENING
As part of the Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM) campaign, the citizens and residents will have the opportunity to catch free screening and free Mammogram screenings and consultations with experts for women aged 40 and above throughout October.
The importance of performing a breast examination at home
Breast self-exams help you get familiar with how your breasts look and feel; and detect any abnormality in their shape, size or texture. Breast self-exams help you get familiar with how your breasts look and feel; and detect any abnormality in their shape, size or texture.
How to perform a breast examination at home?
1. Start with a visual inspection in front of the mirror.
2. Raise your arms high overhead and look for any changes in the shape, size, and asymmetry. Watch out for any swelling, dimpling or puckering of the skin, or changes in the nipples. There can be a minor difference between the right and the left breast, but anything major needs to be evaluated by a professional.
3. Next, go for tactile or the touch and feel examination: During the standing examination, move your finger pads around the entire breast in a circular pattern starting from the outside reaching towards the center, checking the complete breast and armpit area.