::Cue cheesy porno music:: So last night I was lying in bed topless, rubbing my chest, and…
Ok, just kidding about the porno music. But seriously, I was feeling my boobs last night in bed, because I try and do it at least once a week, and I thought to myself, “What am I really feeling for?” There are so many websites out there (here’s a good example) that tell you what to feel/look for – puckering, lumps, hard nodules, etc. But what exactly does that all mean until you’ve felt it? I mean, what looks like puckering to one person may not look like puckering to another, and what does puckering even look like? All that comes to mind when I hear that is someone going in for a kiss.
I remember when I went to get my blood drawn for the BRCA test, they had a fake boob there that you could actually touch, and it had examples of what tumors felt like. It was GREAT because it gave a concrete, touch-based idea of what I was looking for. I wish I had one of those at home to be perfectly honest. No amount of internet description can beat something that you can actually touch for accuracy.
I’m not going to try and tell everyone what they’re supposed to be looking for, since that’s already been done. But I will say – ask your doctor to go through the clinical breast exam with you. Have her (or him) tell you what is normal breast tissue, and give a thorough description of what you should be concerned about. I think that’s really the best way to do self-breast exams.
Also, I just want to note that self-breast exams are a great way to get significant others involved in the cancer screening. I know my BF likes them, probably more than I do 🙂
American Cancer Society
YouTube (Seriously, search breast exam or partner self breast exam and a lot comes up. Visual aids are always great so I highly recommend doing this!)