Presentation on theme: "Early Detection is the Key"— Presentation transcript:
1 Early Detection is the Key Breast Self ExamEarly Detection is the Key
2 Taking Care of YOUThe best gift you can give to yourself and your family is a healthy YOU.
3 Three Steps to Early Detection 1. Mammogram- yearly starting at age 40- American Cancer Society recommends yearly breast self exams beginning at age 20.
4 Three Steps to Early Detection 2. Clinical Breast Examination-Yearly by your Health Care Provider
5 Three Steps to Early Detection 3. Breast Self Exam (BSE)- Monthly
6 When to contact your Doctor or Health Care Provider Anytime you notice changes in your breasts.Changes that continue even after your period is over to include:Nipple discharge or skin changesBreast tenderness unrelated to your periodLump
7 When to Perform an Exam Monthly 6-7 days after your menstrual period endsIf you no longer have a menstrual period, choose a certain day and do your exam at the same time each month.
8 Breast Self Exam (BSE)The key to BSE is knowing what is “normal” in your breasts:Textures (how the breasts feel) that are present each month.Visual (how the breasts look) characteristics of your breasts that are normal for you.Areas of pain or tenderness that are part of your monthly cycle.
9 Breast Self Exam (BSE)Once you know what is “normal”, you will be able to notice when there is a change.If you identify a change in your breast call your Health Care Provider to perform a complete examination of your breasts.
10 Steps for Breast Self Exam VisualStanding/Sitting UprightLying down
11 TechniqueUse the pads of your 3 middle fingers, perform a circular motion with your fingers.Make a dime-sized circle in each area of your breast.
12 Technique• Starting in your armpit, do an exam using vertical strips, up and down, across the entire breasts.• Make a circle in each area on your breast along the vertical lines.
13 Visual Examination While looking in the mirror Put your arms above your headPut your arms out to the sidePut your arms on your waist and lean forwardChanges to look for:DimplesNipple changesRednessLeathery looking skin
14 Upright Examination In the shower or in front of the mirror Perform the examFrom the breast bone, to the armpitFrom the collarbone to the ribs
15 Lying Down Examination Perform the same exam when lying downUse 3 fingersMove from armpit to breast bone in a vertical strip patternAt each area, use a circular motion to feel the breast
16 When to Contact Your Doctor Anytime you notice changes in your breastsChanges that continue even after your period is overNipple discharge or skin changesBreast tenderness unrelated to your periodLump
17 Remember to schedule your annual screening Mammogram if you’re 40or older!