Why women should do breast self-exams

Breast cancer self-examination (Photo credit: Shutterstock.com/ Red Confidential)

Breast cancer is an illness commonly found in African American women and some men. According to the American Cancer Society, women can start getting mammograms at age 40. At 45, they should be checked every year. A mammogram is an X-ray of the breast and is completed by a healthcare professional.

Women don’t have to wait until they go in for their annual mammogram to determine if they may have signs of breast cancer. Breastcancer.org recommends that women do self-examinations on a monthly basis to check for signs of breast cancer.

Below are five steps to follow when doing a breast self-exam.

Step 1: Look at your breasts

To begin the breast exam, stand in front of the mirror with all pieces of clothing removed from the upper half of the body. While looking in the mirror, check each breast for visible lumps, dimpling, redness, scaling on the surface of the breast and any possible discharge from the nipple.

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