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How To Check For Breast Cancer

How do you check for breast cancer?   With the rapid increase of women who are affected by the disease, it is imperative that women become advocates for their own health.  You must become proactive in your health examinations.  Monthly self-breast examinations should be apart of your health checkups.  If you are unclear as to how to conduct a breast examination, here is how to check for breast cancer:

- Stand in front of a large mirror.  With your arms relaxed by your sides, look for any changes in size, shape, or position, or any changes to the skin of the breasts.  Look for any skin puckering, dimpling, sores, or discoloration.  Inspect your nipples and look for any sores, peeling, or change in the direction of the nipples.

- Place your hands on your hips and press down firmly to tighten the chest muscles beneath your breasts.  Turn from side to side so you can inspect the outer part of your breasts.

- Then bend forward toward the mirror.  Roll your shoulders and elbows forward to tighten your chest muscles.  Your breasts will fall forward. Look for any changes in the shape or contour of your breasts.

- Now, clasp your hands behind your head and press your hands forward.  Again, turn from side to side to inspect your breasts' outer portions.  Remember to inspect the border underneath your breasts.  You may need to lift your breasts with your hand to see this area.

- Check your nipples for discharge.