Breast Self-Exam

Monday, October 13, 2014

A breast self-examination is a checkup a woman does at home to look for changes or problems in the breast tissue. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about breast self-exams in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Adult women of all ages are encouraged to perform breast self-exams at least once a month.

While mammograms can help you to detect cancer before you can feel a lump, breast self-exams help you to be familiar with how your breasts look and feel so you can alert your health care professional if there are any changes.

When breast cancer is detected in its early stages, your chance for surviving the disease is greatly improved. While most breast lumps are not cancerous, detecting a cancerous lump early may save your life.

Examine your breasts once a month, three to five days after your menstrual period ends. If you have stopped menstruating, perform the exam on the same day of each month, such as the first day of the month. With each exam, you will become familiar with the contours and feel of your breasts, and will be more alert to changes.

See your health care provider if you discover any lumps, skin changes, dimpling or unusual nipple discharge.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.