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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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A 47-year-old member asked:

What should I be looking for when i give myself a breast exam?

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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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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.

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