How can I check my breasts for lumps and early forms of breast cancer?

Self-examination. Regardless of age, all women can benefit from monthly breast self-examination. In addition, it is recommended to see a physician yearly for breast examination and to have yearly mammograms beginning at age 40.
Regular Screening. Best to have a clinical breast exam performed by a trained physician and when appropriate start mammographic screening.

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How do I check my breasts for lumps to detect early forms of breast cancer?

Self-examination. Regardless of age, all women can benefit from monthly breast self-examination. In addition, it is recommended to see a physician yearly for breast examination and to have yearly mammograms beginning at age 40. Read more...
You are the. Best defense at finding lumps! use the pulpy two fingers to push and probe upper outer, upper inner, lower outer, lower inner quad of each breast. Push on the nipple and areola, compare to the other. Some use soapy hands in the shower. Ask the nurse to help. Have teh md check, mamo after age 40. Read more...
Open this website. Open this website to see the video on how to do self breast examination. http://www.breastselfexams.org/self-exams/women-s-self-exams. Read more...

What to do if I have tried checking for breast cancer and lumps but I don't know what to look for?

Change. It's not what they feel like it's noticing a change in texture month to month and informing your MD of the change. This brochure should help explain: http://www.breastcancer.org/symptoms/testing/types/self_exam/bse_steps?gclid=Cj0KEQjwjIy5BRClh8m_9Zu64d8BEiQAtZsQf2-bu8R9bqyWEyjfqb17-a5SO0RvmLyNpwmAVkpuojkaArGv8P8HAQ. Read more...

I recently start checking for breast cancer but it's confusing because I always have lumps. How do you know when the lumps are cancerous?

Keep trying! First, you are at the age that you need yearly mammograms. Second, make sure to do your breast exam at the same time every month. If you do this as routine, you will become familiar with your "lumps and bumps" and then you will know if anything changes. Read more...
Mammogram&Self-Exam. The best way to check for breast cancer is a screening mammogram. It's safe, inexpensive, and noninvasive; it is most effective after menopause; most recommend starting at age 40. Self-examination is not as highly-endorsed but i think it can be a very effective way to find cancers when done often. Lastly, having a yearly physician exam is important as well. Read more...

What is the very best way to check for breast cancer when you already have a lot of lumps?

Changes. The key is to check every month, and at the same time each month (i.e., the 17th). That way you will be at the same hormone levels each time. You will become accustomed to what is normal for you, and be on the look out for changes. Here is a good description of how to do and what to look for: http://women.Webmd.Com/breast-self-examination. Read more...

What are some early signs and symptoms of breast cancer (besides a lump)?

Abn Mammogram. Aside from a lump, there are very few signs and symptoms of early breast cancer. When the cancer has reached a considerable size, it can cause skin changes (such as dimpling, thickening), bloody/clear discharge, and/or pain. By leaps and bounds, the earliest sign of a breast cancer is an abnormality found on routine screening mammography. Mammograms save lives! Read more...
Nipple rash. Lump is usually the earliest sign/symptom. Less commonly, a discharge from the nipple, an eczema like rash on the nipple and areola, redness and swelling of the skin over the breast, a lump in the axilla may be the first indication. Read more...
Not many be viligant. Retraction of skin or nipple - dimpling, small lump - bb shot and larger, nipple discharge late changes is redness, edema, larger mass, change in contour i only wish pain was a symptom or early symptom but not that is usually fcd. Read more...

I had a breast lump almost a year ago. Got it checked, the ultrasound didn't show anything. Could it be breast cancer? I turned 17 this year

Unsure. At your age a breast cancer is unlikely but still possible. If the lump is still present you should see your doctor for re-evaluation. Read more...
Not likely. You should be preforming regular checks yourself and with your doctor. If you still feel something but the ultrasound doesn't show anything, your doctor will suggest further testing. If the ultrasound shows a cyst, that can be watched. If the ultrasound shows a solid entity, a biopsy might me needed. At 17, you chances of cancer are low. Read more...