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Check Your Breasts
Earlier is better!: And it is never too late to get in the habit of checking them. In the bath or shower when your hands are soapy, use your palms (not your fingers) and quickly go over them in a regular manner. You will quickly learn what is normal for you and will likely know early should something ever develop. ...Read more
What is the proper procedure for checking your breasts for lumps or bumps ?Laying down with your two fingers going into circle? Or in the shower ?
Breast self exam: There are many websites that can provide instruction of breast self exams. Your family doctor or your gyn doctor can also instruct you in the proper technique. Check out the american cancer society website - http://www.Cancer.Org/cancer/breastcancer/moreinformation/breastcancerearlydetection/breast-cancer-early-detection-acs-recs-bse. ...Read more
Mammogram&Self-Exam: The best way to check for breast cancer is a screening mammogram. It's safe, inexpensive, and noninvasive; it is most effective after menopause; most recommend starting at age 40. Self-examination is not as highly-endorsed but i think it can be a very effective way to find cancers when done often. Lastly, having a yearly physician exam is important as well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I am extremely scared. I heard they check your breasts and "downstairs" I am not sexually active so wil he still have to?
Confusing question: Your age is listed as 34. Breast exams are a regular part of an annual physical for women over ~25 and if you have ever been sexually active, a pelvic and pap smear would be another routine event. If you go in for a separate issue, not related to routine studies this would not be a common practice unless it is the first visit to establish care at a new office.Call ahead to see. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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