The Breast Self Examination Test
How to perform and when to perform:
- After your period (or)
- When you start a new pack of pills (or)
- If no periods, pick a consistent day, i.e., paying the bills, or “payday,” to perform the exam monthly.
- Use the pads of your fingers, not the tips.
- Put one arm above and behind your head, or just raised up higher than your heart level.
- Use the opposite hand to examine the breasts.
- Start at the armpit area and move circularly around the breast, moving around and over the nipple.
- The breast will feel like little soft globular tissue, or little peas or bb’s that move all around. This is fat tissue.
- If you feel something solid, irregular, fixed, firm, or different from other breast tissue, or
something new that remains unchanged throughout your cycle, report this to your
gynecological health provider.
- If the lump or cystic area you have found remains unchanged with your period, or
throughout the month, report it to your provider.
Instructions for Cystic Breasts:
- Reduce or eliminate caffeine, including chocolate.
- Take Vitamin E 400 IU twice daily.
- Start Evening of Primrose Oil capsules twice daily.
- Consider pectin (Knox-gelatin packets) once daily. Pectin can assist in helping eliminate excessive estrogen that can cause over-stimulation of the breast tissue, often leading to sore breasts. This supplement is also excellent for skin, hair, and nails, and can help relieve arthritic pain.
- Increase the fiber in your diet to 20 grams daily. Using ground flax seed
2 TBSP daily can help. Add this to your cereal or small cup of juice/water to increase your
daily fiber intake.
Make sure that your hormones have been tested if you suffer from sore breasts, the imbalance between estrogen and progesterone can cause the breasts to be over-stimulated and develop cystic breasts. This test can be done at a trained, hormone specialist office.
I really believe that someday – soon, we will discover that hormone balance is key to the prevention of breast cancer, and that women need to know where they are in order to help reduce their risk and symptoms. We are right on the cusp of discovering this now, which is great news!!