Breast Health and the Right Bra
BENEFITS OF BREAST SELF-EXAM (BSE)
August 25, 2015 Blog By Norma E. Roth
No one knows your body better than you. That’s why it’s so important to become familiar with how your breasts normally look and feel. The more aware you are, the easier it is to identify changes you see or feel in your breasts. A routine breast self-exam (BSE) includes looking at and touching your breasts. A regular BSE, combined with a clinical breast exam (performed by a doctor) and annual mammography, is considered a useful strategy for optimum breast screening. BSE is still regarded as a useful and effective tool for checking changes in your breasts. Beginning in their 20’s (or even younger), women can benefit from performing monthly BSEs.
The best time to perform a BSE is about three to five days after the start of your period. At this time in your menstrual cycle, your breasts tend to be less lumpy and tender. During your exam, take note of any changes in breast size (swelling or shrinking), color (redness or scaly skin), lumps or thickening in the breast or under the arm, and nipple discharge or tenderness. You should discuss any changes with your healthcare provider when the changes are first noticed. Remember, finding changes in your breasts does not mean there is cancer. Visit your doctor to discuss your findings.
How do you perform a Breast Self-Examination? – Health Link BC
Remove all your clothes above the waist. Lie down. Lying down spreads your breasts evenly over your chest and makes it easier to feel lumps or changes. Check your entire breast by feeling all of the tissue from the collarbone to the bottom of the bra line and from the armpit to the breastbone. Use the pads of your three middle fingers—not your fingertips. Use the middle fingers of your left hand to check your right breast. Use the middle fingers of your right hand to check your left breast. You can use an up-and-down pattern or a spiral pattern. Move your fingers slowly in small coin-sized circles. Use three different levels of pressure to feel all of your breast tissue. Light pressure is needed to feel the tissue close to the skin surface. Medium pressure is used to feel a little deeper, and firm pressure is used to feel your tissue close to your breastbone and ribs. Avoid lifting your fingers away from the skin as you feel for lumps, unusual thicknesses, or changes of any kind.
In addition to examining your breasts while lying down, you may also check them while in the shower. Soapy fingers slide easily across the breast and may make it easier to feel changes. While standing in a shower, place one arm over your head and lightly soap your breast on that side. Then, using the flat surface of your fingers—not the fingertips—gently move your hand over your breast, feeling carefully for any lumps or thickened areas.
Another way to ensure breast health is with the right fitting bra.
TAB BRAS – CREATED FOR WOMEN BY WOMEN
The Tab bra is fully engineered, custom-fitted bra which features no under wires or elastic in its construction. The Tab bra does not “stretch” into the shape of the wearer through elastic fabrics. Instead, a minimal stretch custom-fitted bra is fitted perfectly to suit the client’s body shape.
The Jeunique/Leunique bra is recognized as a Class 1 Medical Device. It is a support garment for those with orthopedic problems
The shape and structure of the bra lifts and assists in the drainage of your lymph glands. It reduces the risks of breast cancer. For women who’ve had a Mastectomy there is a pocket option so you can place prosthetic inserts inside if you are wanting a balanced look.
This properly fitted bra helps lift, shape and secure you into your most comfortable postural position. It promotes health and comfort. You can wear the bra for sports, exercise and every day wearing.