Despite its high mortality rate, this silent killer of women can be stopped in its tracks by a simple procedure, one every woman can carry out in the privacy of her bedroom every month for the rest of her life.
By giving yourself a ‘selfie’ monthly you can detect early changes in breast tissue that could herald the presence of breast cancer, and avoid losing your life to breast cancer in the long run.
To do this simple breast examination, first step, start by standing before a mirror with the upper half of your body undressed. Look at your breasts with your arms at your side, with your arms raised behind your head, and with your hands on your hips, and your hips and chest muscles flexed.
Second step, do the selfie- Raise your right arm and place your right hand on your left breast, using the three middle fingers of your right hand at the twelve o clock position feel your left breast with the pads of your three middle fingers starting at the outer edge, move carefully to the three o clock, six o clock, nine o clock, and twelve o clock positions, taking the time to carefully feel your breast up to the area around your collarbone and out to your arm pits. Move on to your other breast by raising your left arm and placing the middle fingers of the left hand on your right breast, starting at the twelve o clock position, repeat the process through to the three o clock, six o clock, nine o clock, and twelve o clock positions. Pay special attention to your collarbone and arm pits as there are lymph nodes in this area, and cancer can spread to lymph node tissue.
Finally, remember to gently squeeze your nipples and look for discharge (fluid coming out of the nipples).