Breast Cancer Awareness: Completing breast exams

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – WKBN is launching a new initiative called Buddy Check 27 as a reminder of the importance of monthly self breast exams — the first line of defense against breast cancer.

Suzanne Zupko, a registered nurse who works with breast cancer patients, spoke with WKBN’s Erika Thomas about how to do a proper exam and when they should be completed.

Zupko said:

  • Exams can be completed anytime for post-menopausal women. Pre-menopausal women should wait approximately three days after starting their menstrual cycle.
  • Women should look for dimpling, swelling, redness of the skin or any changes in their nipples during exams. If there are abnormalities, it is important to contact a physician.
  • Using the pads of your fingers, move in a circular motion around the breast, starting on the inside. It is important to feel for lumps under the surface of the skin.
  • Exams can be completed standing up or laying down, but they should be completed the same way each time.

To watch Erika Thomas’s interview with Zupko, click on the above video, and watch WKBN 27 First News all month long for tips on detecting and preventing breast cancer.

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