Take a Pink Test (Breast Self Examination)
BSE is an easy procedure to feel the unusual changes in your breast which can help to detect the chances of developing breast cancer in early stage.
It is very important for every woman to be familiar with their breasts since studies say 40% of diagnosed breast cancers are detected by women who feel a lump.
Before taking a test let have an idea about what you need to analyze from the test. Here are the symptoms that you need to look for.
- Skin changes
- Redness/Rash, Dimpling
- Inverted nipples.
Preparation for BSE:
It is important to prepare for the test physically as well as psychologically.
Hormonal changes can influence the behavior of breasts so it is better to take the BSE after few days monthly menstrual cycle.
Feeling a lump or any other change doesn’t necessarily lead to the chance of breast cancer, so mentally prepare yourself to be strong enough for that.
Performing this test on every month is highly highly recommendable, it would be great if you keep a journal of these tests, so that you will have a better understanding on your breast changes.
Performing the Test
Simply there are three stages in this test
Make yourself undress from the waist up and stand in front of a long mirror.
Stand as your arms on your hip and your shoulder as straight and look for the changes in shape, size or colour.
Raise your arms and check for the same changes.
Lie down on your back with a pillow on under your right shoulder, when you lying down your breast tissue spreads out evenly along the chest wall.
Use your left hand’s finger pads to touch your right breast gently to cover the entire breast in a circular motion and armpit and check for any abnormal changes as mentioned above.
Squeeze the nipples for any unusual discharge.
Repeat the same for the Left breast also.
Raise your right hand to touch your back head and use your left hand three middle finger pads and gently massage your right breast in a circular motion.
Do the same for left breast also.
If you feel any of the mentioned changes, don’t be panic over 80% of the lumps are non-cancerous of course that doesn’t mean you could neglect it. Consult the specialist and proceed further in a clinical manner if required.