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How can we conduct thorough breast self exam?

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Dr. Wayne Ingram
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Monthly as follows: Check your breasts after the menstrual period to assure that breast swelling or cysts will have gone away.Raise your arm and start at the outer edge with two fingers together in a circular fashion work towards the nipple. Gently squeeze the area around the nipple and watch for a bloody discharge. If unsure of lumps, soap the breasts in the shower and see if the"lump: disappears or not.
Dr. Sean Canale
Breast Surgery 30 years experience
Focus on our normal : Focus on learning what's normal for you and your body. Then if there's something different or drawing your attention particularly if it's persistent then contact your doctor and let them evaluate.
Dr. Clarence Lyons
Family Medicine 20 years experience
Lymph nodes: Check your armpit regions, along with your breasts, for masses and enlarged lymph nodes.

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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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A 24-year-old member asked:

How can I do a breast self-exam?

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Dr. Alfredo Nieves
Gynecology 40 years experience
Self breast exam: Self breast exam in a premenopausal woman should be done shortly after menses has started(days3-7). Probably better while taking a shower. Should be systematic and feeling aroud the breast in counterclockwise fashion. Finally inspecting the nipples and gently squezzing it looking for any discharge. The most important thing is to know your breast so you can pick up a change.

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