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Breast cancer is real in Nigeria. Learn how to self-examine yourself - (video)

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Breast cancer is the second cause of death from cancer in women. Early detection and treatment will improve survival rate. Age is a risk factor in breast cancer. This is to say that older women have higher risk of developing breast cancer.
major risk factor for developing breast cancer

1. Age from 65 years old (younger women can develop breast cancer too)
2. Inherited genetic mutations (you were born with mutated gene of breast cancer from your parents)
3. If you have first-degree relatives who have had breast cancer.
4. Early menarche (if you have your first menstruation before the age of 12).
5. Late menopause. That is after the age of 55 years.
6. High breast tissue density.
7. If had a baby and never breast-feed your baby.
8. Eating of high-fat food.

Early detection improves chances of surviving breast cancer. The most effective way to detect breast cancer is by SELF EXAMINATION (that is BSE – Breast Self-Examination).
Below is a video that will teach you how to self-examine yourself periodically for breast cancer.


If you have someone to examine your breast for cancer, below is the procedure to follow;

1. Inspect for symmetry, mobility, and dimpling as the woman lifts arms over the head, pushes the hands on the hips, and leans forward.
2. Inspect supraclavicular and infraclavicular areas.
3. Lie down on your back with your head raise about 30 degree (with pillow), your examiner will palpate each breast, lifting the same-side arm up over head. Include the tail of Spence and areola.
4. Palpate each nipple for discharge.
5. Support the person’s arm and palpate the axilla and regional lymph nodes.
6. Teach breast self-examination.

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