Breast Exams

How to Have Healthy Breasts for Life

Enjoy this WebMD article written by Amanda MacMillan and reviewed by Dr. Lisa Bernstein, MD on June 21, 2016
 
As women we need to love and respect our breasts; this article is an interesting read including topics such as What’s Normal, What’s Not, Know Your Risk for Breast Cancer, Changes When You’re Pregnant or Breastfeeding, Breast Health in Your 40’s and Up and Healthy Habits at Any Age.
 
https://www.webmd.com/women/guide/a-lifetime-of-healthy-breasts#1
 

Knowing How Could Save Thousands of Lives: Learn Why Breast Exams Are So Important

Being vigilant about your health and wellness can ensure that you have a long and happy life, and part of a woman’s overall wellness includes monthly self-breast exams and yearly screenings.

Breast exams are so important because, “most doctors feel that early detection tests for breast cancer save thousands of lives each year, and that many more lives could be saved if even more women and their health care providers took advantage of these tests” (American Cancer Society).

So what should be a part of your breast exam routine?

1. A breast self-exam should be done once a month. It is best to pick the same day each month, whether it is right after your menstrual cycle or before, just keep it consistent. Many women have tender breasts during their menstrual cycle so try to avoid breast self-exams during that time. This makes it easier to measure changes and take notice of any possible symptoms. Massage each breast in a circular motion both while standing and laying down.

What to look for:

  • new, hard, or painful lumps.
  • dimpling in the skin
  • a rash or skin irritation in a large area, especially over the nipple
  • nipple discharge

If you notice these symptoms it is important to talk to your healthcare provider. The presence of one or more of these symptoms may be caused by other infections or disease other than cancer, but it is important to follow-up with a doctor. 

2. Yearly screenings with a healthcare provider can detect cancer before symptoms are present. A mammogram is an x-ray imaging system used to check for lumps or cancerous tissue in the breast. If it is your first time going for a mammogram be sure to have a frank conversation with your doctor and go over any concerns or questions you may have. 

Be confident in knowing that you are taking the necessary steps to live a healthy life. Taking ten minutes every month for a breast self-exam can make sure you look your best in that skimpy pink or sexy red bra hanging in your closet.

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The Importance of Breast Exams

October is here: Pumpkin spice in the air and our coffee, too much candy on the grocery store shelves, changing leaves and colorful landscapes, and, of course, breast cancer awareness.

That’s right! It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month. So decorate your Bra Tree in pink, and celebrate with a great reminder about what you can do to ensure our ladies are taken care of. After all, healthy breasts are happy breasts!

When it comes to women’s health, no procedure is more important than the breast exam. Breast cancer is the most prevalent cancer in women today, but luckily we have early detection at our fingertips– Literally! Paired with regular mammograms, breast self-exams and clinical breast exams can help detect cancer at earlier stages.

You should always discuss breast exams with your physician and have your doctor show you the best way to perform a BSE (breast self-exam) to best establish a routine that’s right for you.

For women in their 20’s and 30’s, it is recommended to have a clinical breast exam at least once every three years, but according to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, adult women of all ages are encouraged to perform a BSE once per month.

Clinical exams are important for detection, as well. Benign lumps (non-cancerous) feel differently from cancerous ones, and your physician can note the distinction. Approximately 80% of all detected lumps end up being benign, so visit with your doctor before jumping to conclusions!

Regular exams, whether at home or at your doctor’s office, are just a good idea all around! If you and your doctor know what feels right, you have the best chance of catching it early when something feels wrong.

So love, explore, and take care of your body. Get regular examinations! And if you have questions, comments, or just want to discuss what we have to offer to keep your healthy breasts happy, contact us today!


Give your bosom buddies some love!