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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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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

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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 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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