|Breast Self Exam |
GENERAL GUIDELINES FOR BREAST SELF-EXAMINATION
Knowledge of your body is key to good health. If you don't know what you normally feel like, you won't be able to recognize signs of illness or infection. Breast self-exams help us to feel more comfortable with our bodies and gives us a baseline of how we look and feel when we're healthy. Self-exams also allow us to take action in protecting ourselves from cancer and cysts, since with regular self-exams we are more knowledgeable about our bodies than health practitioners who examine us once a year. Many women do not perform BSE for fear of finding something. But even if you find something, 8 out of 10 times, it is nothing to be alarmed about. Since breast cancers found early and treated promptly are almost always cured, learning how to examine your breasts properly can help save your life. However, BSE should be done in conjunction with annual exams by a physician and periodic mammograms (see below).
Breast Self-Exams (BSE)
Every women at age 20 should start conducting breast self-exams. BSEs should be performed once a month after your menstrual period, when breasts aren't tender or swollen. If you're not always regular, do it on the same day every month. If this is your first BSE, ask your health practitioner for detailed instructions and so that you can be sure that what you feel is normal and healthy.
Don't get upset if you feel some lumps or hardness; that's natural. It is also normal if your breasts are not exactly the same size.
Aware BSE Kit
We are pleased to offer a Breast Self Examination Kit (approved by the FDA), called Aware™, that helps make BSE easy to do. This kit contains the Aware™ self-examination pad, along with an instructional DVD and educational materials that together will give you the confidence and the ease in which to do a monthly at home breast self-examination. The pad increases your sense of touch (it's like using soap and water but you now do not need to be in the shower), and the instructions are very easy to follow. The pad also serves as a great reminder to conduct BSE each month. We all make excuses for not doing BSE. With Aware, there is now no excuse for not taking ten minutes to do BSE each month.
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Note: Aware is an aid to breast self-exams. However, there is no claim that all or any breast abnormalities will be found with its use. Aware should be used in conjunction with regular medical visits and periodic mammography.