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A 30-year-old member asked:

Is a breast-self exam still suggested by doctors?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Wayne Ingram
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Absolutely: Yes, even young adolescents should check their breasts initially with their mother's guidance. When breast growths are found early by patients themselves, the prognosis can be determined quickly, and in many cases, if malignant, breast conserving surgery is possible.
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.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
2 of my first degree relatives picked up on their breast cancers through self examination.
May 26, 2013

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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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