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Checking Breasts For Lumps
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
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 ?
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
NoLonger Recommended: Large studies have found that BSE is not effective in preventing death, and actually caused harm through needless biopsies and surgery. The World Health Organization, the US National Cancer Institute, the US Preventive Services Task Force, the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care recommend AGAINST the use of breast self-examinations. SEE http://bit.ly/1MxKJMa ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Was rather obsessively checking my breasts & armpits for lumps - now I can feel what I think is a small lymph node. Could I have caused it to enlarge?
Unlikely: Do not check it more often than once in two weeks. If it doubles in size or other lymph nodes get larger, see doctor. For good health - If the result is negative repeat the test 4-5 days later unless you get a period by then. Use first morning urine and follow the instructions for the test carefully. If you do not wish to be pregnant, use contraception all the time, every time. You may consider implanted contraceptive, or IUD. Practice safe sex. ...Read more
How can you check yourself for breast lumps? My nipples were sensible, and my breast felt a little fuller. Its ok now.. but im worried. Advice?
Breast Exam: Self breast exam may vary from time to time based on the time of your menstrual cycle with the hormonal changes. Probably what you felt was okay. Once you start practicing regular breast exam you will get used to the different feels. Any persistent abnormality needs to be examined by a physician. ...Read more
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