When lying down, place a pillow under your shoulders and start by placing your right hand under your head and use your left hand to examine your right breast entirely. Be sure to use small, gentle, circular motions. When you get to the nipple, gently squeeze it and look for any discharge. Then use your right hand to examine your left breast repeating the same steps. Don’t neglect the armpit area.
Examining your breasts in the shower is also an option. “A good number of my patients who come in for breast lump evaluation found the lump while taking their shower,” Dr. Oyeyipo says.
More than 40,000 women will die from breast cancer this year. That is someone’s mother, grandmother, granddaughter, aunt, niece, sister, daughter, friend – the list goes on. Not only are Black women diagnosed with more aggressive forms of breast cancer, but the mortality rate tends to be much higher compared to white women.
Take control of your life by making your health a priority. If you don’t do it for you, do it for your children or someone you love. Think of it this way: If you don’t take care of yourself, how do you expect to take care of anyone else?