Breast Cancer

The majority of doctors would advocate self-checking on a regular basis. More than 90% of breast cancers are found by the woman herself. If any change is noted, early assessment by the doctor is to be highly recommended. The breast tissue becomes more nodular (lumpy) before each period so that it is best to undertake examination after a period. The breasts are composed of lobes of glandular tissue that can be felt between the thumb and the fingers by gentle squeezing this is therefore not the method to examine the breast for lumps or thickening. The hand should be closed and flat with the fingers being gently but firmly pressed in and moved to feel for swellings. Imagine each breast in four quarters and systematically check each of these areas. Other changes such as discharge or bleeding from the nipple should also be reported to your general practitioner.

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