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A 21-year-old member asked:

How often should i do a breast self-exam (bse)?

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Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology 22 years experience
Once a month: Ideally once a month.
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Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 32 years experience
Monthly if desired: The value of breast self exams (bse) in the early detection of breast cancer is not settled. Instead, a clinical breast exam (cbe) should be done by a health professional (e.g. Family physician) on a regular schedule such as every 3-6 months. If self exam is desired then the correct tchnique has to be practiced and verified by your doctor first. After that, a monthly bse can be done.
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A 40-year-old member asked:

What is a breast self-exam? Is it easy?

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Dr. Denise Elser
Specializes in Gynecology
Know your breasts: Most recent recommendations are to have "breast self-awareness" rather than having to learn the steps of a rigid or detailed process of an examination. You know your body best. Don't be afraid to touch your breasts to know their consistency so you can get checked if things change. Get an exam if discharge, skin dimpling or redness, a lump or tender spot, especially if one sided.
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