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Breast Self Examination

Today, breast cancer and awareness for this body parts in women has increased a lot and they are paying lot of attention on the breast firmness and its health. You can conduct the small self examination in your own leisure to assess the health and state of your breasts.

Look for any change in size and shape, retraction of nipple, dimpling or thickening of skin or any obvious lump by examining your breasts in the following manner:

  1. Look at your breastt in the mirror.
  2. Raising both arms, check for any asymmetry.
  3. Stand akimbo and press the hands down firmly on your waist. These positions may help in showing any retraction or dimpling present over the skin of the breast.
  4. Feel the whole breastin a systematic manner without missing any area.
  5. Lie down with one of your arms outstretched. Keeping your fingers close to each other, use the flat surface of the finger to feel for any lumps. Do not feel the breast between the fingertips and the thumb. Press firmly enough to know how your breast feels. A firm ridge at the lower curve of each breast is normal.

Signs and symptoms of breast cancer

In fact, when breast cancer first develops, there may be no signs and symptoms. But as the cancer grows, it can cause changes that women should watch out for. You should do a breast self examination at regular intervals (the ideal time si post-menstruation). If you develop any of the following symptoms, you should consult a doctor immediately:

  • Lump or thickening in or near the breast or in the underarm area

  • Change in the size or shape of the breast

  • Discharge or tenderness of the nipple or inversion (pulled back) of the nipple

  • Ridges or pitting of the breast (orange peel effect)

  • Change in the look and feel of the areola or nipple (scaly, warm, red or swollen)

Some exercise for beauty of the breast

(i) Sit on the ground with right foot bent from the knees and the other feet stretched as much backwards as possible and its toes perpendicular to the ground. Keep your hands well stretched backwards and joined at the top.

(ii) Repeat the same exercise with the other foot.

(iii) Now, keeping one foot bent from the knee and close to your stomach in such a way as the heel of that foot almost touches the thigh of the same leg. And then keep the other leg bent from the knee. and raised upwards with your hand nearest to it, holding it.

(iv) While maintaining the same position. tilt your hand as much backwards as possible to almost touch your raised feet.

(v) Repeat the same exercise with the other foot.

Even otherwise. always make sure that you choose a tight fitting bra. But make sure that you don't sleep with your bras on. While taking bath gently rub them with a perfumed soap without stretching them. Also. keep your breasts cleaned from inside the portion held close to your body. Generally develop the habit of walking with a straight gait. Avoid doing front-bending exercises. Repeated performance of the front-bending exercises makes your breasts rather pendulous.

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