Early Diagnosis for Breast Cancer
With the advances in cancer research and an aggressive media campaign to provide breast cancer info to the general public many more women are
seeking early diagnostic exams and helping to lower the instances of mortality, which breast cancer statistics are showing. However, less than 20
years ago, many more women were finding breast cancer diagnosisï¿½s after the cancer had taken hold and spread to other organs, and limiting the
chances of surviving the initial disease.
One of the steps in an early diagnosis of breast cancer is self-examination. The techniques used to find small abnormalities in the breast are making a
great difference for many women. Finding these small lumps in the breast can greatly increase the efficacy of the least invasive surgeries and limit the
need for some breast cancer medication. Although these medications have been refined there are still debilitating side effects, so early detection in
most cases limits their use and greatly improves the overall health of women diagnosed with cancer.
Self examination training can be found on many medical websites but it is best to talk to your doctor and learn the correct procedures. Women also
need to know to look for more than just lumps. Any change in the shape or size of the breasts must also be noted and can only be detected if the
self-exam is conducted on a regular basis.
One of the ways to do this is to stand in front of a mirror, with arms relaxed at your sides. Now, look at both breasts, but donï¿½t be alarmed if they are
slightly different in size, most womenï¿½s breasts are not identical. Look for changes like puckering around the nipples, differences in color, or sores.
Now, bend forward facing the mirror and roll your shoulders and elbows forward to tighten your chest muscles and look for changes in contour. Do the
same looking at each side carefully for these abnormalities.
Once you have visually checked your breasts and noted any changes or problems identified above, it is time to feel for t