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A 29-year-old member asked:

What is the best way to do a breast self-exam?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Timothy Mountcastle
Plastic Surgery 22 years experience
Methodically: Pick a starting and a finishing point and just make sure to cover all the tissue possible. Make sure to compress tissue against ribs to palpate the tissue best.
Dr. Harold Rosenfeld
Plastic Surgery 56 years experience
Ask your doctor: This is an easily acquired skill, but you must be taught to do it thoroughly.

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A 31-year-old female asked:

When is best time to do self breast exams?

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Dr. Jeffrey Juchau
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Self Exams: I think the best time is once a month in the shower at the same time of the month. Probably about 10 days after your period or if not having periods then just do it on the first of every month. Make sure you check up into your armpit, the tail of the breast is there.
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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