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 It is estimated that one in 12 women will get breast cancer throughout her life. It is the leading cause of death in women, but thanks to advances in research and improved screening programs, the five-year survival rate stands at 90%.

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Fortunately, the chances of curing this tumor are high, close to 100%, if it is detected early and on time. That is why access to controls, periodic mammograms and early diagnosis is so important.


In this sense, mammography "is the most effective technique for detecting anomalies up to two years before they are palpable," explains the AECC. "Although it does not hurt, we do not recommend self-exams as the only detection method" and they advise going to the doctor for any anomaly.

 How should a self-examination be performed?


This technique helps the woman understand what the normal appearance and palpation of the breast are. If any change is noticed in them, the doctor should be informed. Although not the most reliable way to detect cancer, a large percentage of women report that the first sign of cancer was a self-discovered breast lump.

The following infographic reflects which is the most appropriate way to self-examine your breasts.


  • It is recommended to carry out the self-examination once a month two or three days after the period has passed.

  • You have to raise one of the two arms to be able to examine both the chest and the armpit.

  • It is recommended to use oil or shower gel on the fingertips to improve touch sensitivity.

  • The movements that must be performed on each chest are… up and down, out and in circles.

  • With the help of a mirror we must look for possible lumps or sinking as well as changes in the color or texture of the skin.

  • Any new deformation of the nipple with changes in color or fluids should put us on alert.


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To detect what small changes in the breasts should alert women, we provide them with a second infographic with the most common changes in the breast that can be a symptom of some irregularity.

  • bumps

  • Growing veins.

  • slits.

  • Internal lump.

  • Skin erosions.

  • Collapse of the nipple.

  • orange skin.

  • Redness and burning.

  • gaps.

  • Asymmetry.

  • unknown fluids.

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