Role of Self Breast Examination (SBE)

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When examining yourself, you may find things that cause you concern. When doing SBE, it’s important to remember that each woman’s breast are different, and that changes can occur because aging, the menstrual cycle, pregnancy, menopause, or taking birth control pills or other hormones.

It is normal for breasts to feel a little lumpy or uneven. Also, it is common for a woman’s breast to be swollen and tender right before or during her menstrual period. It is therefore vital that you get to know your breast before you can detect changes.

Why SBE?

SBE does not replace your regular check up with your doctor. However, it helps in early detection because we are unable to predict when we might develop breast cancer. A mammography or physical check up once a year may prove normal but cancer may begin to develop or start to show itself any time between now and your next check up.

In addition, clinical examination by your doctor and SBE detect some breast cancers that may not show on mammography.

The moment you detect any change or abnormality in your breast, you should visit your doctor immediately.

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