By Johanna Pabòn.
A variety of events around the world are being organized in October, including walks and runs, and the pink illumination of landmark buildings with the aim of raising awareness about breast cancer . In Colombia different institutions are doing the same by incorporating pink everywhere. We at CES School want to join this campaign by promoting breast self examination among women. Here we have short instructions of how to do it and some alarm signs to take into account.
Step 1: Begin by looking at your breasts in the mirror with your shoulders straight and your arms on your hips. Look for changes in size, shape or color.
Step 2: Now, raise your arms and look for the same changes.
Step 3: While you're at the mirror, look for any signs of fluid coming out of one or both nipples Explore both 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.
Step 4: Next, feel your breasts while lying down. Do the same that you did in step 3.
Step 5: Finally in the shower, feel your breasts while you are standing or sitting. Many women find that the easiest way to feel their breasts is when their skin is wet and slippery, so they like to do this step in the shower. Cover your entire breast, using the same hand movements described in step 3.
If you find any of this signs in your breast make an appointment with your doctor as soon as possible.
- Dimpling, puckering, or bulging of the skin.
- A nipple that has changed position or an inverted nipple (pushed inward instead of sticking out).
- Redness, soreness, rash, or swelling.
National Breast Cancer Foundation. Retrieve on October 21st ,2013 from http://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/breast-self-exam.