Another friend asked me what to look for when examining her breasts. You'll find more information at the links below, but here are some of the signs that bear further investigation with your doctor:
- of course, any lump or area of "fullness" in the breast or in the underarm area.-- my tumour was a large one that, when first found, felt just like a benign fullness I had on the other breast five years before.
- any change in the size, shape or colour of the breast.
- a change in the skin on the breast or nipple, including puckering, or rashes.
- a change in the direction of the nipple.
- new nipple discharge.
- new pain that doesn't go away.
You might want to do the exam in the shower, and finish up in front of the mirror. Lying down may also help you examine yourself effectively. For more information on what your looking for, read the information from the American Cancer Society and National Breast Cancer Foundation below. The links take you directly to the information on self-examination.
Please consult the following excellent sites: