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If regular visits to a gynecologist or doctor are essential for diagnosing cancer at an early stage, regular self-examination – which is also called self-examination – it also allows to detect any self-anomaly and report it to their doctor.
It tracks every year around 58 000 new cases of breast cancer in the USA. If 75-80% of women heal, 12,000 die from their disease. That is why, for 23 years now, the month of October, renamed “Pink October” is dedicated to the prevention and awareness of breast cancer.
Simple screening gestures to practice self
Among the actions to fight against the disease, the Montpellier Institute of Sein, in partnership with ADREA Mutual and Montpellier The Queen joined the action tracks your girlfriends, presented on the website of the same name.
The concept invites women to mobilize, alone or with girlfriends, and be regularly tested. By registering on the site, they also undertake to learn the gestures of self-examination to better know their body and become the same time ambassadors of the movement.
For self-examination is effective, it is advisable to perform monthly in the same period, in addition to the annual visit to the gynecologist.
Step by step to a self-examination of breasts effective
Christophe Coudouy realized small detailed illustrations of the process to see clearer. First, we must place ourselves standing before a mirror, arms in the air. By gently palpating your breast, it will be to identify if an anomaly on the nipple. This can be a flow, a wrinkle in the skin, a persistent redness, a hard zone or a ball.
Once this step, self-examination continues in standing or lying position. Ask your fingers flat and palpate each breast quadrant by quadrant [ as shown in the drawing above, steps 1 to 4 ] and the nipple , and finally the armpit.
If you notice any abnormality, do not give in to panic: most of the past are not linked to cancer and prove benign. Contact your doctor will determine whether these changes are normal or suspicious.