If you’re under 40, breast cancer is probably not strongly on your mind. Unfortunately, more women in their 20s and 30s are experiencing cancer at an increasing rate. Finding time to incorporate a self breast exam into your monthly schedule is important. The denseness of the tissue is the reason young women need to begin doing a monthly exams at age 20. Become familiar with how your breasts look and feel will make it easier for you to notice any changes in your breasts.
When to do the exam?
The best time to do your monthly exam is immediately after you have completed your menstural cycle. At that point, the levels of estrogen and progesterone are the lowest, your breasts are the least tender and the least stimulated by hormones. Doing the exam on approximately the same day every month is best way recognize changes.
What is “normal”?
But what if you have lumpy breasts and you can’t tell the difference between a normal and an abnormal lump? Your fingers can be trained. Think of it this way: If fingers can be taught to read Braille, then fingers can be taught to distinguish between lumps of concern and lumps of no concern. Confidence to do an “intelligent exam” takes away fear.
At OsteoMed II, we offer a very specialized breast exam called a Mammacare Exam. Sandi Asazawa, physician assistant, performs the exams. I guarantee it will be the best exam you have ever had. You can set an appointment with Sandi for an exam or for training. You’ll be so glad you did!
Not from Ohio? Here’s were you can find a Mammacare expert in your area.