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A 47-year-old member asked:

What exactly is the proper method to perform a breast self exam?

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Dr. Sean Canale
Breast Surgery 31 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 32-year-old member asked:

What's the proper method to perform a breast self exam? Sitting, lying?

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Dr. Mitchell Schuster
Urogynecology 33 years experience
Lying: It used to be suggested that they be done while in the shower with soap on your fingers to make it easier to feel things. But, in the past year, the new recommendations are to do the exam when lying down to get flattening of the breast tissue against the ribs. Use the fat part of the fingers and push the tissue against the rib cage.
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