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Early detected, cancer is curable—this is why regular breast examination is so important, and should be performed by women themselves, as well as by their partners. Your knowledge of the correct movements is a recipe for a long and happy relationship. watch video menu
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Get ready for the exam
Stand in front of the mirror. Hold your arms up and look for changes in the shape of the breasts and in the skin color. Repeat the same observation, hands firm on the hips.
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Check the nipples
Gently squeeze your nipple with two fingers; check if no fluid is excreted.
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Carefully examine your breasts

Put your left hand at the back of your head, and your right hand on your left breast. Examine it with your three middle fingers. Try to keep the fingers flat. Lightly pressing, draw circles. Make the circles more and more narrow, moving clockwise toward the nipple.

Pay attention to possible lumps or swellings different in solidity and density. Repeat for the right breast.

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Do the same lying down
Lie down. Place a pillow or a towel under your left shoulder, put your left arm under your head, and examine your left breast, repeating the movements described in Step 3. Examine your right breast in the same way.
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Check the underarm areas
Finally, examine your underarms. Check whether your lymph nodes are enlarged, penetrating the armpit with circular movements of your fingers.
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About prevention

Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers. It is diagnosed in 25% of cases of all cancer diagnoses in Poland. More and more often, it affects women active in their professional, family, and social lives.

In Poland, at least 2,500 women could be saved each year. Unfortunately, in many cases, the cause of death is a late diagnosis. Early detected, cancer is curable—this is why regular breast examination is so important, and should be performed by women themselves, as well as by their partners. Your knowledge of the correct movements is a recipe for a long and happy relationship. Remember, not every breast lump is cancer; nevertheless, every irregularity should be immediately reported to a doctor, who will advise proper tests. Bear in mind that you examine yourself not only to detect a lump, but also to make sure that it isn’t there.

Note that the sooner cancer is detected, the greater is the chance of defeating it. This is why you should regularly perform preventive self-examinations, which will allow you to detect cancer at its early stage, and give you a chance of complete recovery. Barbara Górecka-Szyld, M.D. National auditor for screening mammography as part of the “Populacyjny Program Walki z Rakiem Piersi” (Population Program of Fight Against Breast Cancer). She has been engaged in breast diagnosis for nearly 20 years, and has cooperated with Prof. Lubiński’s Institute of Genetics for just as long. Medical director at Affidea Szczecin.
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Barbara Jobda President of the Polish Oncology Nursing Society

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Barbara Jobda Self-examination training

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Elżbieta Kozik President of the Polish Amazons Social Movement

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Andrzej Radkowski, M.D. Radiation Therapy Medical Director at Affidea Polska

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Affidea is one of the largest networks of diagnostic centers in Poland and Europe. It is actively involved in activities for cancer prevention. Its modernly equipped centers offer high-quality diagnostic breast examinations, including ultrasonography or MRI.
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The Polish Amazons, the Social Movement—Polskie Amazonki Ruch Społeczny—is an association founded on the example of the well-known Amazons, a breast cancer support organization. We combine education with the actual possibility of taking care of your life, ensuring easier access to particular preventive tests and medical consultations, both in terms of cancer prevention as well as access to treatment.
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