Monthly BSE, or monthly breast self-examination, involves both visual and tactile inspection of the entire breast and chest region
. Women should use the pads, not the tips, of the three middle fingers
when performing BSE. The duration of the checkup varies depending on the size and characteristics of the
woman's breasts, but often only takes 15 to 20 minutes per month.
Every month, women should be sure to check their breasts in the same way, pay attention to the entire
breast and armpit area, and keep track of how their breasts feel. Some women choose to record their
monthly breast breast self-examinations in a brief journal.
Each breast has 15 to 20 sections called lobes. Within each lobe are many smaller lobules. Numerous small milk-producing
bulbs form the end of lobules. Ducts connect the lobes, lobules, and bulbs to one another. These ducts lead to the nipple in the of a dark area of skin called the areola. Fat surrounds
the lobules and ducts. There are noHowever, muscles also surround the ribs and are found beneath each breast.
Each breast also contains blood vessels and lymph vessels. The lymph vessels carry colorless fluid called
lymph, and lead to small bean-shaped organs called lymph nodes.In the axilla (under the arm), above the collarbone, and in the chest, groups of lymph nodes are located close
to the breast. Numerous other areas of the body also have lymph nodes.
First and foremost, you must realize that no alteration or lump in your breasts indicates the presence of
In fact, as your breasts change and expand, they will naturally develop lumps and bumps.
IMPORTANT FACTS YOU SHOULD KNOW
- On average, the final stage of puberty is around 15 years of age and at this time, you are physically an
- In your late teens and early twenties, you experience increased breast lumps, bumps, and soreness that appear to be caused only by body growth.
- Lumps can form in your breasts due to hormonal changes during your period cycle and they usually go away
at the end of that time of the month.
- Fibroadenomas, which are spherical, rubbery tumors that can develop in your late teens or early twenties, are not malignant.