Breast cancer awareness is essential, and self-examination plays a significant role in early detection. Approximately 50% of breast cancer patients discover their own breast abnormalities. When detected through self-examination, the size of a breast cancer lump is typically 2 cm or more. However, by regularly performing self-checks, you increase the chances of noticing lumps as small as 1 cm. Breast cancer lumps tend to take around 5 years to grow to 1 cm and approximately 8 years to reach 2 cm in size.
The survival rate of breast cancer significantly improves with early detection and prompt treatment. Regularly examining your breasts enables you to identify even the slightest abnormalities, facilitating early intervention and positively impacting your life in the long run. Neglecting self-checks would be a missed opportunity, so don’t hesitate to take proactive steps in monitoring your breast health!
Be cautious of these risk factors:
- Genetics: Having a family history of breast cancer, particularly with your mother or sister.
- Childbirth: No history of childbirth, late first birth, or no history of breastfeeding.
- Menstruation: Early menarche (onset of menstruation) and late menopause.
Take charge of your breast health with regular self-checks! It’s advisable to perform self-exams after the end of your menstrual period or choose a memorable date like a birthday or anniversary. For those who have undergone menopause, setting a specific date each month will help you stay consistent with your self-check routine.
Four part Self-Breast Exam:
Stand in front of a mirror and look for any dents, bulges, sores, or discoloration on your breasts. For a better view, fold your hands behind your head to examine shapes and discolorations.
Lightly stroke your breasts with your fingertips to check for any lumps or abnormalities.
Gently pinch the base of your nipple with your fingers to check for any signs of bloody discharge.
Lie on your back with a low pillow or folded towel under your back. Use your hands to feel your breasts for any lumps or irregularities.
At Shinagawa Diagnostic & Preventive Care, we emphasize the importance of timely action if you observe any irregularities in your breasts or armpits. Seeking immediate consultation with our specialized medical team can make a significant difference in early detection and treatment. Remember, certain types of breast cancer may not manifest as lumps, but with our advanced mammography and ultrasound screenings, we can detect abnormalities at an early stage. Regular screenings are key to identifying potential concerns, allowing us to take proactive measures to safeguard your breast health. Your well-being is our priority, and we are here to support you every step of the way.
In conclusion, early detection through regular self-checks and screenings is crucial in the battle against breast cancer. At Shinagawa Diagnostic & Preventive Care, we are dedicated to empowering individuals with knowledge and support. Let’s work together towards a future free from the burden of breast cancer. Your health is our mission. Take the first step towards a brighter future today.