Self Breast Examination

Breast self-exam

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A breast self-exam is something a woman does at home to look for changes or problems in the breast tissue. Many women feel that doing this is important to their health.

However, experts do not agree about the benefits of breast self-exams in finding breast cancer or saving lives. Talk to your health care provider about whether breast self-exams are right for you.


The best time to do a monthly breast self-exam is about 3 to 5 days after your period starts. Do it at the same time every month. Your breasts are not as tender or lumpy at this time in your monthly cycle.

Begin by lying on your back. It is easier to examine all breast tissue if you are lying down.

  • Place your right hand behind your head. With the middle fingers of your left hand, gently yet firmly press down using small motions to examine the entire right breast.
  • Next, sit or stand. Feel your armpit, because breast tissue goes into that area.
  • Gently squeeze the nipple, checking for discharge. Repeat the process on the left breast.
  • Use one of the patterns shown in the diagram to make sure that you are covering all of the breast tissue.
  • Next, stand in front of a mirror with your arms by your side.
  • Look at your breasts directly and in the mirror. Look for changes in skin texture, such as dimpling, puckering, indentations, or skin that looks like an orange peel.
  • Also note the shape and outline of each breast.
  • Check to see if the nipple turns inward.
  • Do the same with your arms raised above your head.
  • Your goal is to get used to the feel of your breasts. This will help you to find anything new or different. If you do, contact your provider right away.

Dr.Ramjee Bastola

Breast Onco-Surgeon

Breast Cancer Awareness Months – October(pink)

Pink month or Breast cancer awareness months. We all need to know its..October.

Awareness doing a day or a week is not enough to cover all womens around the world. Risk group are more and more . By the time different life style , urbanisation , unhealthy and mixed chemical on foods brings too much hazards on health.

Breast cancer is affecting world wide . Every day new cases are being dected and treated as well.

Family history and Genetic attachment in BRCA1 / BRCA2 are more seen due to developed in technology in developing world and also advances in health systems.

Life span is increasing where early detection is possible.

Triple assessment and Early diagnosis play important role to increase life span. almost more then 95% cure rate on early detection. so CBE and CSBE are important to learn and teach nearby circle to minimize incidence.

Self Breast Examination for Early Detection of Breast Cancer

Most of time , Patient self findings either during mirror time or shower time is benefitial for them.

Palpating a lump either small or bigger. Most of their presentation late is of painless lump. Painless bring ignorance to visit doctors on early time. so Every months after periods. a week later one can self examine breast . it can be done either by looking self or feeling lump by self.