Breast Exam Challenge
Early detection is the key to beating breast cancer. The Breast Centers at Miami Valley Hospital and Miami Valley Hospital South are dedicated to making early detection part of your health care routine. We challenge you to perform self examinations once a month.
To schedule a mammogram, call (937) 208-2080.
How to Perform Your Breast Self-Exam
- Stand in front of a mirror and look at both breasts. Look for anything abnormal such as fluid leaking from your nipples, puckering, dimpling or scaling of the skin.
- Clasp your hands together behind your head, and then press your hands forward.
- Press your hands firmly on your hips and bend slightly toward the mirror as you pull your shoulders forward. Keep looking for anything abnormal.
- Move around the breast in one set way. Do it this way every time.
- Raise your left arm. Use three or four fingers of your right hand to explore your entire left breast. Start at the outer edge; press the flat part of your fingertips in small circles, moving the circles slowly around the breast. Slowly work toward the nipple. Be sure to cover the entire breast. Pay special attention to the area between the breast and the underarm, including the underarm itself. Feel for any unusual lump or mass under the skin.
- Gently squeeze the nipple. Look for any fluid leaking from the nipple. See your doctor, if you have a discharge during the month.
- Steps 5 and 6 should be repeated lying down using the same pattern from step 4. Now lie flat on your back with your left arm over your head and a pillow or folded towel under your left shoulder. This position flattens the breast and makes it easier to check. Repeat the exam on your right side.
Help Her Fight
Help Her Fight provides education, screening and diagnostic testing for uninsured and underinsured.
For women who are uninsured or underinsured, Premier Community Health offers free and low-cost mammograms.
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