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The 3 Step Breast Check

Are you Breast Aware? Do you have a detailed look and feel once a month for any signs of change?

Self-breast examinations could increase the chances of early detection and diagnosis, and results have shown that such early detection leads to an increase in survival rates. You know your breasts better than anyone else so if you don't already check - now is the time to start. Early detection is the best prevention. Don't leave it until it's too late.

“Forty percent of diagnosed breast cancers are detected by women who feel a lump, so establishing a regular self breast examination is very important.” says Dr Cindy Mak, Director of Breast Services at Chris O'Brien Lifehouse

While mammograms can help you to detect cancer before you can feel a lump, self breast examinations help you to be familiar with how your breasts look and feel so you can alert your healthcare professional if there are any changes.

1 The Shower Check

Step 1 - The Shower Check

Put your left hand behind your head. With the sensitive pads on your right fingers, use small circular movements to examine your left breast for anything unusual. At first feel lightly, checking for anything near the surface. Then press quite firmly, feeling for anything deeper. Continue around the breast, checking all areas. Also examine above your breast, up to the collarbone and out to the armpit. Then do the same for the right side.

2 The Bathroom Mirror

Step 2 - The Bathroom Mirror

After showering, place your hands at your sides and check your breasts in the mirror. Look for anything that is not normal for your breasts - changes in color, size or shape, any dimpling of the skin or "pulling in" of the nipple. Put your hands on your hips and push your shoulders forward to flex your chest muscles. Finally, raise your hands above your head and check for any changes.

3 Check Lying Down

Step 3 - Check Lying Down

Lie on your left side with your knees bent, roll your shoulders back so they are flat on the bed. Place your right arm under your head. Your breast should now be as flat as possible. Examine your right breast using the methods outlined in Step 1. Reverse procedure to check other breast.

The 3 Step Breast Check Shower Card explains how to check your breasts in 3 easy steps.
It is designed to hang in your shower as a reminder to be BREAST AWARE.
The 3 Step Breast Check Shower Card is available free of charge from SBCF.

Your risk and breast cancer

Today women read and hear a lot of information about risk of breast cancer. Get the facts on the risk factors of breast cancer..

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Useful sites for Breast Cancer information

There is a great deal of information on the internet about breast cancer. Whilst we suggest the following reputable sites as a good place to start sourcing information, we strongly recommend your speak with your breast cancer doctor or nurse about the relevance of any information you find, to your own particular situation.

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