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How often should I do a breast self-examination?

How often should I do a breast self-examination?

Monthly: If you still get periods, you should examine your breasts at the end of your menstration, when they are the least tender. Do it the same time every month. If you no longer get periods, then just pick the same day each month (the first sunday etc) so it is easiest to remember. ...Read more

Dr. Chad Levitt
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Breast Self Exam (Definition)

Breast self exam is a method in which a person checks her own breasts to help detect breast problems or changes. Breast problems can be first discovered by women themselves, often by accident. Breast lumps can be ...Read more


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Breast self-examination: how do you know what's normal exam?

Breast self-examination: how do you know what's normal exam?

Get help: Have your doctor or his nurse show you how. This is your baseline normal. Watch for changes. Do screening mammo if appropriate. ...Read more

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How do you know what's normal during a breast self-examination?

How do you know what's normal during a breast self-examination?

Know your normal: The main goal of a breast self exam (bse) is to get to know what your normal lumps feel like. You should do this every month about 10 days after the start of your period. Once you are familiar with your unique lumpiness, then feeling something abnormal is easy. It takes practice and diligence. A significant other can be helpful as well if you are not comfortable with your body. ...Read more

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What are some important patient education concerning breast self-examination?

What are some important patient education concerning breast self-examination?

Not recommended: Self breast exams are no longer recommended. Hopes that self breast exam would detect more early breast cancers have not materialized, but costs for unnecessary studies have increased. If you do want to do self breast exam, do it when you come off your menstrual period (or once a month), do it always in the same position, and focus on the upper outer quadrant of your breast. ...Read more

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Breast self-examination: how do you know what's normal if you're not a doctor?

Breast self-examination: how do you know what's normal if you're not a doctor?

Doing Exams: After your next exam at the physician begin regular exams and feel what's there. This would be considered your normal. You will learn this very well. What you are looking for is something new and different. Therefore, you don't have to be an expert in breast to do exams. It is very easy to feel something new. ...Read more

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How often should I do a self-examination for breast cancer?

How often should I do a self-examination for breast cancer?

Monthly: A breast self exam is very important part of screening for detecting breast cancer. Learn more: http://www. Webmd. Com/breast-cancer/guide/breast-self-exam? Page=2. Here is a popular youtube: http://youtu. Be/lw7s_duuisk. ...Read more

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How to perform self examination on large breast? How to differentiate lumps in breast? Is it better to get mammogram/ultrasound? 25 years old, 40D.

How to perform self examination on large breast? How to differentiate lumps in breast? Is it better to get mammogram/ultrasound? 25 years old, 40D.

Self exam: Try this link:

http://www. Breastcancer. Org/symptoms/testing/types/self_exam/bse_steps

Mammo screening should start at age 40, possibly earlier if you are at higher risk. Talk to your doctor about it. ...Read more

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How can I do a breast self-exam?

How can I do a breast self-exam?

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. ...Read more

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Breast self exam should end at age 85?

Breast self exam should end at age 85?

No!: Every patient should continue breast self exams as long as they are still present. Moreover, there is a 2 % rate of breast cancer in males as well. ...Read more

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What is a breast self-exam? Is it easy?

What is a breast self-exam? Is it easy?

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. ...Read more

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What's breast self-exam good for anymore?

What's breast self-exam good for anymore?

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. ...Read more

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How can we conduct thorough breast self exam?

How can we conduct thorough breast self exam?

Focus on our 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. ...Read more

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What is the best way to do a breast self-exam?

What is the best way to do a breast self-exam?

Self Breast Exam: To screen yourself for breast cancer start with a self exam: http://www. Webmd. Com/breast-cancer/guide/breast-self-exam

If you feel anything concerning contact your doctor. ...Read more

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When should women start doing breast self exam?

As soon as present: Yes, even young adolescents should check their breasts initially with their mother's guidance. This parent education will serve the teens well lifelong. ...Read more

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Is a breast self exam supposed to be done by guys?

Is a breast self exam supposed to be done by guys?

Not routinely: Although about 1% of breast cancers occur in men, it is more likely to be detected early because there is less breast tissue to obscure a lump. Rouitine self-exam by men is not generally recommended. ...Read more

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What should men be feeling for during a breast self exam?

What should men be feeling for during a breast self exam?

Lumpy bumpy: You need to palpate and feel uniformity of tissue.
When you feel a mass that stands out of that uniformity, that should be evaluated by a doctor. You may want to ask your doctor to demonstrate the technique. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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

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. ...Read more

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How often should I do a breast self-exam (bse)?

Monthly if desired: The value of breast self exams (bse) in the early detection of breast cancer is not settled. Instead, a clinical breast exam (cbe) should be done by a health professional (e.g. Family physician) on a regular schedule such as every 3-6 months. If self exam is desired then the correct tchnique has to be practiced and verified by your doctor first. After that, a monthly bse can be done. ...Read more

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Is a breast-self exam still suggested by doctors?

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. ...Read more

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Is a breast self-exam more accurate than a mammogram at 35?

Is a breast self-exam more accurate than a mammogram at 35?

Apples ; Oranges: Mammograms can see things which cannot be felt; breast (self) exam can sometimes find lumps that cannot be seen--these modalities complement one another. That said, we usually do not recommend mamms until age 40. If one has a suspicious lump by either modality, (nonsurgical) needle biopsy is the only means for definitive diagnosis. ...Read more

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What are the chances that your breast is damaged during breast self exam and ultrasound?

What are the chances that your breast is damaged during breast self exam and ultrasound?

Essentially none.: Extremely unlikely, being as close to zero as possible, if not zero. ...Read more

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How to do a breast self exam? What do you look for? What does a breast cancer cyst feel like? How big or small is it? Also, is it painful?

How to do a breast self exam? What do you look for? What does a breast cancer cyst feel like? How big or small is it? Also, is it painful?

Learn your lumps: The most important thing in breast self exam is to learn what is a normal lump for you. Breasts are naturally lumpy but have a pattern. Anything that does not feel like your normal tissue, should be evaluated by your doctor. ...Read more