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How to check your breasts for lumps.

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So it’s October. Has the year flown? Yes!  But, that isn't the only reason the month of October is significant. October is breast cancer awareness month.  
So we wanted to take this opportunity for some real talk. 
Did you know that 1 in 8 women are diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime? 
Stop putting it off, and take the time to examine yourself for any unusual lumps for early detection. 

How do I check my breasts?

1) In the Shower 
Using the pads of your fingers, move around your entire breast in a circular pattern moving from the outside to the center, checking the entire breast and armpit area. Check both breasts each month feeling for any lump, thickening, or hardened knot. Notice any changes and get lumps evaluated by your healthcare provider.
2) In Front of a Mirror 
Visually inspect your breasts with your arms at your sides. Next, raise your arms high overhead.
Look for any changes in the contour, any swelling, or dimpling of the skin, or changes in the nipples. Next, rest your palms on your hips and press firmly to flex your chest muscles. Left and right breasts will not exactly match—few women's breasts do, so look for any dimpling, puckering, or changes, particularly on one side.
3) Lying Down
When lying down, the breast tissue spreads out evenly along the chest wall. Place a pillow under your right shoulder and your right arm behind your head. Using your left hand, move the pads of your fingers around your right breast gently in small circular motions covering the entire breast area and armpit.
Use light, medium, and firm pressure. Squeeze the nipple; check for discharge and lumps. Repeat these steps for your left breast.
It is recommended to check monthly, particularly if you have family history of breast cancer. 
So go on ladies, this is your reminder to look out for yourself & check today.
 
*All information from National Breast Cancer Foundation INC. 
You can read in more detail or to donate here: http://www.nationalbreastcancer.org

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