#Pinktober Wellness Tips

Maintaining your health at it’s best is the number one form of loving yourself. There are many ways in which you can keep track of your own health. This month, we are focusing on our breasts wellness for Breast Cancer Awareness month! The National Breast Cancer Foundation INC., encourages women to perform breast self examinations once a month. Read three different ways you can perform a self breast examination at home!

In The Shower

One of the best places to do a self examination is in the shower, it’s time you already have set aside in your day! A self examination is fairly simple. While standing in the shower use the tip of your fingers to press around the entirety of your breast and armpit area. Look for any abnormalities such as lumps, thickening, or hardened knots.

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In front of A Mirror

Looking in the mirror allows you to get a better, fuller view of your breasts. You can notice visual changes such as dimpling, puckering, redness, or rashes. Make sure to also check your nipples for any sores, peeling or change in direction. Also check for discharge fluid by placing your thumb and forefinger around your nipple and pull towards the end of the nipple. To further examine your breasts, rest your hands on your hips and firmly press down to flex the muscles beneath your breasts. Turn side to side to ensure you see each angle. Do the same thing while bent over in front of the mirror with your shoulders rolled back and elbows tightened. Note any changes to your breasts shape and contour.

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Laying down

Laying down allows for you to examine your breasts from a different angle. While laying down, your breast tissue spreads out evenly along your chest wall. To position yourself better, place a pillow under your right shoulder and your right arm behind your head. Using your other hand press gently in circular potions around the entirety of your right breast and armpit area. Do this on your left side as well.

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Do either or or all of these self examination exams each month to keep track of your breasts health. If you notice any lumps or abnormalities, don’t panic and make sure to contact your doctor as soon as possible. Remember to take care of yourself, explore yourself and most of all, love yourself!