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Doctor insights on: Facts And Myths About Breast Self Exam

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

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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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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Is a breast-self exam still suggested by doctors?

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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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?

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