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A 22-year-old female asked:

How can i do a breast exam on myself?

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Dr. Robert Killian
General Practice 28 years experience
Self Exam of Breast: Yes. Absolutely. In fact a good medical provider will teach you how to do this necessary self care. I often instruct my female patients how often they should do this. It goes the same for men in their twenties, they need to self exam their testicles for testicular cancer and know when something changes.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Breast self-exam: This site will teach you how to do a breast self- exam. http://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/breast-self-exam.

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What to expect when having a breast exam?

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Dr. Otto Placik
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
History/exam/imaging: Typically this will consist of a basic history to determine your personal and familial background that may influence your breast health followed by a physical examination of the breast, axilla (armpits) and possibly the genitalia. Diagnostic imaging may then be ordered depending on the findings and screening criteria.
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What should you look for while doing a breast exam?

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Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
Medical Oncology 35 years experience
Thus:: On visual inspection, we look for skin dimpling, nipple retraction or scaling, redness of skin, skin lesions and overall symmetry. On palpation, we feel for lumps or masses and enlarged nodes. Things that are not symmetrical or things that change are of most interest but of course, that does not always mean cancer. If you plan to do self exams, there are apps and websites to help you.
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How can I do a self breast exam on me?

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Dr. Wayne Ingram
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Monthly: After your monthly period, divide the each breast into 4 quadrants while lying down and using the palmer surfaces of 3 fingers circularly check each quadrant and finally the nipple area. If there is doubt about a "lump", jump in the shower and soap your breasts. Most times, fibrocystic "lumps" disappear and the "real meal deal" stands out. See a md if you are unsure.

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