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Oncology Surgery - Dr. Brenda Sickle-Santanello

Brenda J. Sickle-Santanello, MD

A Fellowship Trained Surgical Oncologist whose practice focus is the management of various cancers. She has a special interest in benign and malignant diseases of the breast.
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Suzanne R. Robertson, CNP

A certified Women’s Health Nurse Praticioner specializing in cancerous and non-cancerous breast concerns.
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Surgical Oncology Associates of Columbus - Columbus Ohio Breast and Oncology Surgery - Dr. Brenda Sickle-Santanello

Monthly Breast Exams

Techniques
For Monthly Breast Exams use the fingertips of your three middle fingers to feel your breast. Always use your left hand for your right breast. Use your right hand for your left breast.

Surgical Oncology Associates of Columbus - Columbus Ohio Breast and Oncology Surgery - Dr. Brenda Sickle-Santanello

From your neck under your arm, down across your ribcage, up the breastbone.

Surgical Oncology Associates of Columbus - Columbus Ohio Breast and Oncology Surgery - Dr. Brenda Sickle-Santanello

Three Methods

Surgical Oncology Associates of Columbus - Columbus Ohio Breast and Oncology Surgery - Dr. Brenda Sickle-Santanello
  • Circular motion in an oval pattern.
  • Vertical motion in a rectangular pattern.
  • Wedge motion in an oval pattern.

Check for any lumps, hard knots, swelling, dimpling, or thickening. Observe for abnormal change of size, shape, color or discharge.

10 Easy Steps for Monthly Breast Exams

Surgical Oncology Associates of Columbus - Columbus Ohio Breast and Oncology Surgery - Dr. Brenda Sickle-Santanello

Surgical Oncology Associates of Columbus - Columbus Ohio Breast and Oncology Surgery - Dr. Brenda Sickle-Santanello

Surgical Oncology Associates of Columbus - Columbus Ohio Breast and Oncology Surgery - Dr. Brenda Sickle-Santanello
 
    In Front of a Mirror

  1. Inspect both breasts with your arms at your sides.
  2. Raise your arms slowly, paying close attention to any swelling, or change in your breast or nipples.
  3. Place hands on your hips, flex your chest muscles and again visually compare both breasts.


  4. In the Shower

  5. Extend right arm upward and examine right breast.
  6. Extend left arm upward and examine the left breast.


  7. On the Bed

  8. Lie down on a bed or floor on your back.
  9. Insert your billow under your right shoulder so that your right breast is flat.
  10. Examine your right breast with right arm under head.
  11. Insert your pillow under your left shoulder so that your left breast is flat.
  12. Examine your left breast with left arm under head.
  13. Consult your physician about any concern or additional information.

Consult your physician about any concern or additional information.