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Breast self-examination: how do you know what's normal exam?

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Dr. Michael Korona
Interventional Radiology 33 years experience
Get help: Have your doctor or his nurse show you how. This is your baseline normal. Watch for changes. Do screening mammo if appropriate.
Dr. Sean Canale
Breast Surgery 30 years experience
Focus on YOUR 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.

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A 33-year-old member asked:

How do you know what's normal during a breast self-examination?

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Dr. Regina Hampton
Breast Surgery 23 years experience
Know your normal: The main goal of a breast self exam (bse) is to get to know what your normal lumps feel like. You should do this every month about 10 days after the start of your period. Once you are familiar with your unique lumpiness, then feeling something abnormal is easy. It takes practice and diligence. A significant other can be helpful as well if you are not comfortable with your body.
A 36-year-old member asked:

How often should I do a breast self-examination?

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Dr. Susan Cash
General Surgery 31 years experience
Monthly: If you still get periods, you should examine your breasts at the end of your menstration, when they are the least tender. Do it the same time every month. If you no longer get periods, then just pick the same day each month (the first sunday etc) so it is easiest to remember.

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