Why examine your own breasts? Because it is the best defense we have against breast cancer. Breast self-examination has proved to be an effective life-saving habit among women. And breast cancer is second only to lung cancer as the leading cancer killer of women.
The practice of BSE is also equivalent to empower women, taking responsibility for their own health. Therefore, BSE( Breast self-examination) helps to raise awareness among women at risk rather than as a screening method. To help increase your breast awareness, you use your eyes and hands to determine if there are any changes to the look and feel of your breasts. There are 3 most relevant facts which can probe you to include self-breast examination as a practice for promoting a healthy lifestyle and a life-saving habit.
1. BSE is reassuring. Once you have learned how your breasts feel normally, each month’s re-examination may confirm you have not found any changes to report. And if any unusual changes do occur, monthly BSE will alert you to them at the earliest stage, so that you can seek immediate advice from your doctor.
2. BSE is easy and convenient. Examining your breast takes only 10 to 15 minutes each month, costs nothing, can be done in private and can save your life.
3. BSE can be life-saving. Although cases are rare under age 35, and most common over age 50, EVERY woman is at risk from breast cancer; breast cancer cannot be prevented, only treated — and cured, if treated soon enough.
Here is a link below demonstrating simple steps to follow for breast self-examination:
Guided tutorial on breast self-examination by Dr. Jayanti SThumsi, Consultant breast oncologist, Sparsh Hospital Bangalore.
Read about how to detect breast cancer.