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All about BSE explained simply!

BSE - Breast Self Examination needs to be done primarily for early self detection of any breast lesion which could potentially be cancerous.

It could be a lump in the breast or in the armpit, a change in appearance of the skin or nipple, discharge from the nipple, essentially any change in the normal appearance of the breast, YOUR breast!

To know more about early changes to look out for click here.

Often there is no pain or discomfort in the initial stages. Thus we tend to postpone taking care of it. This is what is we must NOT do!

Regular self examination which leads to discovering of any early change is only useful if we follow it up with adequate next steps.

This would be to a visit your doctor as soon as possible and get it evaluated. If necessary a Mammogram, a Sonomammogram or even a Biopsy  may be advised. If not, breathe a sigh of relief, go home and relax!

But do not ignore yourself! Do not put your 'Breast health' on the backburner. Take care of yourself, starting today!

BSE is a 2 step procedure

  • To be done in the privacy of one’s home

  • To be done by All women over the age of 20

  •  Takes 10-15 minutes.

  •  To be done once a month

  • Around the 4th   or 5th  day of menstrual cycle.

  • If you no longer have periods or your period is irregular, choose a specific day each month.

  • To be repeated every month, even when pregnant.

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How to do BSE explained by a doctor

Begin this month! 

Practice BSE yourself. 

Make it a monthly habit.

Share this awareness with family members, friends, colleagues, staff.

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