Breast Self-Examination (It Can Save Your Life)

breast cancer is the most common cancer

affecting women in Singapore it is

estimated that one in 14 women before

the age of 75 will develop breast cancer

in her lifetime you can keep a look out

for breast abnormalities starting with a

visual examination of your breasts with

your arms by aside in a neutral position

in front of a mirror look for any of the

following changes in the shape and size

of one breast dimpling or puckering of

the breast skin on the pole persistent

rash or change in the skin around the

nipple in the fall inversion retraction

bleeding or unusual discharge skin

redness soreness of the breasts

accentuate Sabine's

of the surface of the press unusual

swelling of one upper arm

adopt the following two positions raise

your arms above all behind your head

press your hands on your hips and tense

your chest muscles these two positions

allow for closer inspection of the

following changes in the shape and size

of one breast dimpling or puckering of

the breast skin on the pole to feel for

changes in your breasts underarm and

collarbone areas more accurately do so

by lying down because the breast tissue

spreads out evenly across your body

these makes it easier to feel for lumps

what you should look out for a lung

swelling or thickening in the breast or

underarm area many enlarged the notes at

the underarm and above the collarbones

line down how to examine your breasts

when lying down elevate your right

shoulder by placing a folded towel or

pillow underneath

extend your right elbow outwards and

place your right hand under your head

use the pads of your three made of

fingers and apply pressure to fill your

breast tissue in a circular motion use

three varying pressure levels light

medium and firm to feel for all the

breast tissue from the skin level to

tissues closest to the muscles and ribs

before moving on to the next area

examine the whole breast systematically

in a clockwise or anti-clockwise

direction pass down over your nipple

with three varying pressure levels in a

circular motion to check for lumps and

you're on the wrong area put your arms

by your side start in a hollow of your

underarms and move towards your breast

making overlapping small circular motion


to choke above the collarbone use light

pressure and move in a circular motion


repeat the same steps on your left side

how often should you perform breast

self-examination the best time to

perform a self-examination is about a

week after the start of your

menstruation it is more effective to

perform on the same day of each month if

you are no longer men's treating

pregnant breastfeeding or have breast

implants it is important to understand

that breast self-examination can

complement breast cancer screening but

it is not a substitute for it most lumps

are changes in the breasts are not

cancerous but as a precaution it is

advisable to consult a doctor as soon as