PHOENIX -- October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and on Good Morning Arizona Saturday, Dr. Semone Rochlin, a cosmetic surgeon, explained what you need to know about self breast exams and mammograms.
“Even though everybody is out there talking about it every October, there are still many women out there who are diagnosed with breast cancer,” Rochlin said.
Forty percent of breast cancers are diagnosed through self breast exams. They should be performed monthly, about a month after a woman’s period, she said.
Self Breast Exam Tips
- Stand in front of the mirror
- Stand in different positions (hands on your waist, hands over your head, etc.) so you can notice if anything looks different
- Feel breasts with the pads of your fingers
- Perform self exams in the shower
- When examining your breasts, think of them as a clock. Start at 12:00 and go all the way around, then move from the outside in.
- There is breast tissue in armpits, so don’t forget to palpate there
- Start self exams at an early age. Getting in a routine in your 20s can be beneficial.
Mammograms are also important for breast cancer awareness, Rochlin said. Women ages 40 and up should get annual mammograms. Women with a family history or at high risk of breast cancer should get mammograms beginning at 35.
Many people forget that men can also be diagnosed with breast cancer. Rochlin advised that men also perform self breast exams in the shower and in front of the mirror.
For more information from Rochlin, visit: www.drrochlin.com.