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Screening for breast cancer

If breast cancer is found early, there are more treatment options and a better chance for survival

Breast self-examination (BSE) should be done once a month during ovulation (preferably at the same time of day). Know how your breasts normally look and feel – many women have a pattern of lumpiness in their breasts, which is normal.


A breast self-examination is as easy as 1-2-3:


1. In the mirror

In front of a mirror, check for any changes in the normal look and feel of your breasts, such as dimpling, size difference or nipple discharge. Inspect four ways: arms at sides; arms overhead; firmly pressing hands on hips and  bending forward.


2. Lying down

Lie on your back with a pillow under your right shoulder and your right hand under your head. With the three middle fingers of your left hand make small circular motions, follow an up and down pattern over the entire breast area, under the arms and up to the shoulder bone, pressing firmly. Repeat using right hand on left breast.


3. While bathing

With your right arm raised, check your right breast with a soapy left hand and fingers flat using the method described under step 2 (‘Lying down’).  Repeat on the other side.


Contact CANSA

Phone the toll free line on 0800 22 66 22, Monday to Friday from 08h00 to 16h30.

Source: www.cansa.org.za

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