CHECKING your breasts on a regular basis is key.
While you might think you’re a pro when it comes to checking yourself out, one doctor has revealed there are blind spots that many people miss.
He said the armpit is one area many people fail to check.
During the video he references a diagram of the breast and points to the part of the chest where the breast joins to the armpit.
“As you can see, there is a tail of breast tissue which extends to the underarm area.
“This is important because breast cancers can develop in the auxiliary tail – even though it doesn’t seem like part of the breast,” 他解释说.
The second place he said people often miss out when checking, is the collarbone.
“The breast tissue and the associated lymph nodes run under the collar bone area so make sure you check here,” 他加了.
最后, the third area that Dr Rajan said can be a blind spot – is behind the nipple.
That’s why it’s key that if you spot anything that’s unusual for you, to see your GP.
In the UK there are around 56,000 cases of the illness each year.
Checking ourselves is imperative, as the earlier the illness is detected, the faster it can be treated and the better chance you have of survival.
But knowing what you should be feeling for when it comes to a lump can be confusing.
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Dr Rajan said there are three signs people often miss when checking their breasts, these are:
- The armpit
- The collarbone
- Back of the nipple.
But what are the other signs you should be looking for?
- Lump or swelling in the breast, upper chest or armpit
- Change to the skin such as puckering or dimpling
- Change in the colour of the breast – it might look red or inflamed
- A change in the nipple – does it look inverted?
- Rash or crusting around the nipple
- Unusual discharge from the nipple
- Changes in size or shape of the breast
Dr Zoe Williams previously explained how to check your breasts.
她说: “When it comes to checking your breasts, strictly speaking there is no right or wrong way.
“What’s most important is that you do it regularly, ideally once a month, to get to know your breasts and what is normal for you.
“It is only by being familiar with “our normal” that we are likely to identify if there is a change.
“So whether you check them in bed, in the shower or in the gym changing rooms, it doesn’t matter.”
然而, it is important to know what you are looking for, 她说.
“Look at the breasts, ideally both from the front and the side, looking for any changes in shape or size, or for any lumps, skin changes or changes to the skin of the breast or nipple.
“It’s also important to feel all of the breast tissue.”
Another expert, Dr Arif Kamal, a chief patient officer at the American Cancer Society said in most cases, a lump often feels like a round, hard area.
The expert said that this can either be deep in the tissue, or toward the skin itself.
“Typically it is not painful. It’s typically not easily movable but oftentimes fixed in a particular space, meaning it doesn’t shift in its location all that easily.
“In terms of shape, it is oftentimes round but sometimes it can be a little bit more irregular than that,” 他告诉 HuffingtonPost.
When it comes to past experience, Dr Kamal said that many people have said their lump has felt like a pea in a pod, or even a frozen pea.
大多数时候, he said these lumps have been on the smaller side, but have the same texture as the vegetable.
“It’s generally on the smoother side for texture, generally more firm, generally not painful. And it generally does not feel like a cyst, which feels like a fluid collection – although even if a person feels a fluid collection, they should report that to their clinical team as well,” 他加了.