VIDEO. Pink October: How to self-palpate for a better prevention of breast cancer?

Illustration of breast cancer: a patient who is going to have a mammogram. — Mychele Daniau

  • As part of Pink October, the month of breast cancer awareness, clinique Oudinot in Paris has offered to the general public to learn how to palpate the breasts.
  • The surgeon Rémy Salmon, a specialist in breast cancer, reveals in the video good gestures for a self-examination effective.
  • Breast cancer affects 1 woman in 8 in France.

Rosie shows her tits for the good cause. Rosie, is this the bust in rubber as the clinical Oudinot (Paris, 7th district) has made available to the public in the past week. An original initiative and practice, as part of pink October, for patients to learn to self-palpate and discern the signs that should alert.Because this dummy cache multiple tumors that the public needs to detect. 20 Minutes is returned in the clinic of the Fondation Saint-John-of-God to meet with Rosie and the doctor
Rémy Salmon, surgeon specialist of breast cancer. With the key, a small tutorial video for each to monitor her breasts.

What are the signs that should alert ?

The examination to be done only begins with the view and not touch. You can stand in front of a mirror to observe your breasts : if we raise an arm, and then the two, is that both breasts look the same ? To identify a lump or any sign of abnormal, it is advisable to change position : standing, lying down, on the side to see under the breast…

“A possible fold on the skin reflects something abnormal,” says the specialist breast cancer clinic at the forefront of this pathology. It is then necessary to look with attention the appearance of the skin : “if we see the orange skin, it’s a bad sign “, he explains. If a pain is not the sign of a possible tumor, the appearance of the nipple is a carrier of information. “If the nipple has a retraction, he returned, because something is pulling behind. If under the effect of a stimulus, the nipple is not clear, this is not normal. On the other hand, a flow is not necessarily linked to cancer. Nothing serves to pinch the nipple ! “

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When should you conduct this self-examination ?

Two or three times per year, advises the specialist. Which reminds us that this self-examination is not intended to replace the appointment with the gynaecologist, but to complete it. And it may be better to take this quick self-examenen the beginning of cycle or a few days after the end of your rules, because the breast is more flexible. “When you have a mastose, that is to say, when the breasts are swollen and sore, self-examination is not going to be very powerful,” warns the doctor.

Is it possible to just by the feel whether a lump is a tumor malignant or benign ?

“No,” answered the doctor. Self-palpation is not going to allow you to tell if the tumor is benign or malignant, only a biopsy can you ensure. “And of course, the age, the history, the mode of life of the patient add to this self-examination.

Why is it important to learn ?

First, because breast cancer touches one in eight women in France. Then, because the diagnosis falls early, the more the patient is likely to recover. “Screening mammography is limited in time : it is the refunds from 45 to 70 years, adds the doctor. It penalises women, young and older, but there are 20 % of breast cancers that appear after the age of 70. “Some women are outside the monitoring. “This is why we see patients arrive with tumors quite large,” says the specialist. Who insists : “if you have a doubt, you should consult your gynecologist “.

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