Breast Exams

Many of us know the importance of breast exams in helping with the early detection of breast cancer; however do we actually know what we are looking for when we are examining our breasts? In this guide we shall look at what to look for in a breast exam – including regularities and irregularities. Size, Shape and Symmetry Size, shape and symmetry of the breasts can say a lot about what is going on inside them. It is important to know what your breasts look like normally so that you can detect if there are any irregularities. Without knowing what they should look and feel like it is hard to know when something is wrong. If you have had a clinical exam and know that your breasts are healthy you should go home and perform a visual breast exam monthly. Take note...

Breast Exam Tutorial

Breast exams should be a regular part of every woman’s monthly routine – they are essential in helping to detect breast cancer in the early stages and maximizing the chance of survival from breast cancer. In this guide we shall provide you with a detailed breast exam tutorial. Anatomy and Physiology of the Breasts It is important to understand the anatomy and physiology of the breast so that you are aware of what is below the surface. By knowing how a healthy breast should look and feel it can help you identify any abnormalities that may occur. Breasts do not contain any muscle – they are made up of glandular, fatty and fibrous tissues. The breast glands are surrounded by a layer of fatty tissue that surrounds the entire breast. It is the layer of fat...

Breast Exam Guidelines

Many women are becoming much more aware of the benefits and need for regular breast exams. In this guide we shall look at some guidelines for performing breast exams and how often you should be performing them. Importance of Screening Early for Breast Cancer Breast cancer can develop very quickly – and once it has past an early stage it becomes much more difficult to treat and the survival rates decrease rapidly. However, by screening early for breast cancer you are maximizing your chance of catching breast cancer at an early stage – meaning the treatment process can begin more quickly and is less invasive. Screening early for breast cancer also helps you become more aware of what your breasts look like ‘naturally’. If you and your doctor have a...

Breast Exams With Implants

Breast cancer is the second most common cancer in women after lung cancer. Just under 50,000 people die from breast cancer each year, however thousands survive thanks to early detection with breast examinations. So what is the situation with breast exams for patients with implants? We shall cover that topic in today’s guide. How often should you check? Whether you have breast implants or are natural – it is equally as important to perform regular breast exams. For patients both with breast implants and natural it is recommended that you perform self-examination once a month. Between the ages of 20 and 39 it is advised that you do a self breast exam monthly and have a clinical breast exam every three years. Once you reach the age of 40 and up to 49 you...

Performing Breast Exams At Home

Breast examinations are an essential part of detecting breast cancer in its early stages. With early detection, many women can survive after being diagnosed with breast cancer. While nothing can compare to a clinical breast exam – breast examinations performed at home are a big step in becoming more breast aware. In this guide we shall look at some important information about how to perform breast exams at home. Importance of Positioning during a BSE (Breast Self-Examination) When performing a breast exam at home it is important that you know what positioning you should use to ensure the most thorough examination possible. There are several positions that you will need to employ during a BSE to check the various areas of your breasts and surrounding...

Best Breast Exam Techniques

Approximately 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer during their lives, however death rates from breast cancer have been declining since 1990 thanks to women becoming more aware about the benefits of breast examinations. Detecting breast cancer in the early stages ensures the maximum chance of survival and the least obtrusive treatment. In this guide we shall look at some of the best breast exam techniques for you to try at home. Palpation of the Breasts Every woman should be breast-aware. They should be performing a breast self-examination monthly to check for consistency, nodules, tenderness and masses. A palpation of the breasts can detect all of these abnormalities early on – maximizing your chance of early detection and survival from breast cancer....

Breast Exams By Doctors

Breast cancer is one of the leading causes of death around the world – but fortunately the death rates are decreasing as more and more women are realizing the importance of having a breast exam performed by a doctor and the cancer is detected much earlier. In this guide we shall talk to you about breast exams by a doctor. When should you schedule a breast exam by a doctor? Breast exams by a doctor should be scheduled at the same time during your menstrual cycle each time – as the fluctuations in your breasts can mean that it can be harder for the doctor to compare your breasts to your previous breast exam. The best time to schedule your breast exam by a doctor is a few days after your period has finished as this is when your breasts are the least swollen...

Searching For Lumps and Tumors

Breast exams are an essential way of detecting breast cancer in its early stages – maximizing the chances of survival from this deadly disease. In this guide we shall look at how breast exams are used to search for lumps and tumors. Importance of Checking Breasts for Lumps Lumps in the breasts are the most common warning sign of breast cancer – making it clear the importance of checking your breasts for lumps. Breast cancer is the second largest cause of death of women in the USA. However the death rate has significantly declined since 1990 and this is largely attributed to an increased awareness for the need of early detection through breast exams. If breast cancer is found early then the chance of survival is much higher – and the treatment is much...

Self Breast Exams In The Shower

Breast exams should be a normal part of any woman’s life. Breast cancer is one of the leading causes of death in women in the USA – however regular self breasts and general breast awareness has helped save thousands of lives each year. In this guide we shall look at self breast exams in the shower. How to Perform a Breast Exam in the Shower It is only the palpation part of a self breast exam that is performed in the shower – as the visual part obviously needs to be done either before or after your shower in the mirror. A self breast exam in the shower is performed in a similar way to performing it out of the shower – however there are numerous benefits to doing it in the shower that we shall look at in the next section. You should observe each breast...

Breast Exam Procedures

Breast cancer is one of the leading causes of death amongst women each year in the USA. Fortunately by staying alert and conducting regular breast exams you can help detect cancer before it’s too late. In this guide we shall look at breast exam procedures and why they are important. Why is it Important to Screen for Breast Cancer? Not many people realize that the chance of a woman developing invasive breast cancer at some point in their life is 1 in 8; and the chance of dying as a result of it is 1 in 35. These alarming statistics speak for themselves when we ask why it is important to screen for breast cancer. The good news is that breast cancer deaths have been declining since around 1990 – this has largely been attributed to the fact that more women...

Self Breast Examinations

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death and accounts for approximately 1 percent of all deaths in the world. Fortunately with regular breast screenings and tests, breast cancer can be detected early on and survival rates are much higher. In this guide we shall look at self breast examinations. What are SBE’s? SBE’s (self breast examinations) are exams you can perform on your own to help detect any abnormalities within your breasts in between clinical exams. SBE’s involve visually and manually inspecting the breasts for lumps, bumps and changes in the skin and nipples of the breasts. They should be performed monthly after the age of 20 – preferably a few days after your period when your breasts are least swollen. The manual...

Step By Step Instructions

Breast examinations should become a routine part of every woman’s life. Approximately 1 in 8 women are diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in their lives however with early detection many of these women survive. The longer the breast cancer takes to be detected – the harder the treatment process. In this guide we shall look at step by step instructions of how to perform a breast exam. The same steps will usually be used by a doctor if you have a clinical breast exam. Inspection of the Breasts The first step in a breast exam is a visual inspection. This should be done while standing up or sitting down – whichever is most comfortable. Start by draping your arms down at your sides and look for any changes in your breasts – are there any lumps,...