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A 34-year-old member asked:

What's breast self-exam good for anymore?

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Dr. Trachella Johnson foy
Family Medicine 20 years experience
Can be helpful: At this time there is much controversy about need for self breast exam. Guidelines recommend against. However, the possibility of you finding a lump or change on your exam can help make a diagnosis of a breast condition- more quickly. Your risk of breast problems should also be a guiding factor. If you are properly taught to do SBE there is no real harm to do them- and may help.
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 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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