Self-breast Exams VS Self-breast Awareness
Self-breast awareness and self-breast exams are healthy and all adults (yes, even men!) should use both to determine their breast health. But, what is the difference between the two and which is better? Here is some basic information about keeping up with your breast health.
self-breast awareness is about knowing what your breasts are supposed to look and feel like. You can become self-breast aware by having an exam performed by a healthcare provider, feeling your own breast tissues, remembering what your healthy breasts feel and look like, and taking notes or keeping a journal. You must have self-breast awareness before you do self-exams, as well as after.
These are different than self-breast awareness. Breast self-exams are essential because they let you become aware of what your breasts feel like. You can do this by feeling each breast for lumps or other abnormalities, as well as checking the nipple and underarm areas. You can be breast-aware by checking yourself regularly at home.
You should do this once or twice a month because that allows enough time between exams for anything unusual to show up in one spot before another exam comes around. Your doctor may have given you instructions about how often to check yourself, but here are some general tips that can be helpful.
Breast tissue extends from the collarbone to the end of the rib cage. It also goes above and below your belly button, so you need to check these areas as well. It can be easier to do this while lying down, slightly sideways. Be sure to lift both breasts and examine them by cupping in a circular motion, starting at the outer edge and working toward the nipple using medium pressure.
When it comes to these exams, you may feel unsure of what to do. Following these tips can help!
You may be wondering why self-breast awareness is important. Besides knowing your own health and having peace of mind, here are some reasons why you should be familiar with your health.
Breast cancer can happen at any age, but it’s much more likely as you get older. That’s why we encourage women to do monthly or bi-monthly self-exams in addition to making regular doctor visits. To learn more or schedule an appointment, give us a call at (806) 355-6330 today.
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