Make It Your Routine
How to Use Your Aware® Pad
Rub the Aware® Pad between your hands to spread the lubricant inside the pad. This will also help to warm the Aware® Pad to your body temperature.
Lay the Aware® Pad over the area to be examined. Press down firmly on the Aware® Pad with your 3 middle fingers. Use your finger pads and not the tips to move over the area to be examined. The top layer of the Aware® Pad will move while the bottom layer remains stationary. By reducing friction, your fingers concentrate on the perceived sense of shape.
To prevent a slip and fall accident, do not use the Aware® Pad in the shower.
Guide For Your Breast Self Exam - Look and Feel
Begin your breast-self exam while standing in front of a well-lighted mirror with your shoulders straight and your arms on your hips. Compare your breasts.
- Do your breasts have their usual size, shape and color without visible distortion or swelling?
- Are there any skin changes such as dimpling or puckering, redness, rash or swelling?
- Did the nipples change position or is there an inverted nipple?
- Is there any discharge if you gently squeeze the nipple between the thumb and index finger?
Then place your palms on your hips and press down firmly, flexing your chest muscles. Check again for any changes.
Raise your arms and look for the same changes. Do your breasts follow the movement?
Check yourself from the front and from the sides. Do you see retractions or bulges?
Gently squeeze the nipples between the thumb and index finger and look for any signs of fluid coming out of one or both nipples. This could be a watery, milky, or yellow fluid or blood.
Feel your breasts while lying on your back. Place a pillow under your left shoulder or your left arm under your head. It will help to spread the breast tissue over your chest wall.
Begin with a barehanded examination: Use your right hand to feel your left breast. Use a firm, smooth touch with the first few finger pads of your hand, keeping the fingers flat and together. Use a circular motion. Examine every part of your breast and armpit, feeling for a lump or hardness. Follow a pattern, e.g. vertical strips, to be sure that you cover the whole breast.
Place the Aware® Pad over your left breast with your fingers flat. Press firmly on the Aware® Pad and slide over every part of your breast and armpit feeling for a lump or hardness. Use a circular motion. Follow a pattern, e.g. vertical strips, to be sure that you cover the whole breast.
Then perform both the bare-handed and Aware® Pad exam on your right breast.
Finally, feel your breasts while you are standing or sitting. This exam repeats the procedure from step 4 and 5, so should be performed both with and without the Aware® Pad on the right and left breasts.
Any noticeable change during either the barehanded breast exam or using the Aware® Pad, should be reported to your doctor for proper evaluation.