Self-examination of the breast is a preliminary screening test in an attempt to find any abnormalities in the breast. It is a simple yet important routine test that can be done by every woman on a regular basis. This does not require the assistance of a doctor or any equipment. Since the 1950s, there have been groups actively teaching women about self-examining their breasts although many studies show BSE in poor light. This was mostly because the studies provide no significant evidence that it has saved lives. As a routine practice, doctors still prescribe BSE as a preliminary screening test to detect breast cancer in its early stages.
There are different methods of self-examining the breast. They mostly include –
- Visual examination of the breasts to look for any change in the size, shape or symmetry of the breasts, and
- Physical examination of the breasts using your hands to find any abnormal texture or hardening of the breasts