The right way to perform self breast examination

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Self breast exams could be life-saving. Dr Vickie shares how to properly carry out the procedure

The importance of self breast examination cannot be overemphasised as it is a simple daily procedure that has proven over the years to be lifesaving but many people don’t know how to do it properly which is why HealthNewsNG‘s Dr. Vickie has decided to share this guideline on how to properly perform self breast examination.

 

Stage 1 of self breast examination

Stage 1 of self breast examination

Begin by looking at your breasts in the mirror with your shoulders straight and your arms on your hips.

Here’s what you should look for:

  • Breasts that are their usual size, shape, and color
  • Breasts that are evenly shaped without visible distortion or swelling

If you see any of the following changes, bring them to your doctor’s attention:

  • Dimpling, puckering, or bulging of the skin
  • A nipple that has changed position or an inverted nipple (pushed inward instead of sticking out)

Redness, soreness, rash, or swelling

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Dr. Victoria Adepoju is a graduate of the College of Health Sciences, Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife, Nigeria. She also holds a diploma in Community Health from the School of Hygiene Eleyele Ibadan, Nigeria. Currently with the Babcock University Teaching Hospital, she provides special insights into topical issues as they affect various stakeholders in the health sector with special emphasis on day-to-day operations of the various units in the hospital. She has vast experience reporting health and continues to cover major events for HealthNewsNG.com

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