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How would I examine my breasts myself?

How would  I  examine my breasts myself?

Self Breast exam : It is best to perform breast exam laying down. Use the pads of the three middle fingers of your left hand-not your fingertips-to check your right breast. Move your fingers slowly in small coin-sized circles. Check for lumps or unusual thick areas. Also look for inverted or moved nipple, redness, soreness, swelling, discharge from the nipples, an unusual increase in the size of one breast. ...Read more

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What exactly should I be feeling when I touch examine my breasts?

What exactly should I be feeling when I touch examine my breasts?

The same thing, L+R: In the shower, when not rushed, feel around your left breast with your right hand. Then examine your right breast with the right and the left hand. Both breasts should be similar in size, texture, consistency, firmness. If not or if there is a possible lump, make an appointment with a physician for an exam and possible imaging. For details http://www.Nlm.Nih.Gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001993.Htm. ...Read more

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What exactly should I be feeling when I touch examine my breasts? And how exactly to do it right?

What exactly should I be feeling when I touch examine my breasts? And how exactly to do it right?

Learn what is normal: I teach patients that the goal of your self breast exam (bse) is to learn what is normal for you. Breasts are lumpy and sometimes tender. Once you learn what is normal, something abnormal will be obvious. ...Read more

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How important is it for a woman to regularly examine here breasts for unnatural lumps?

How important is it for a woman to regularly examine here breasts for unnatural lumps?

Very: A woman knows her breasts better than anyone else, including of course her physician, and before the mammogram promotion, women who did self-exam as they should at the same time each month very seldom died of breast cancer. A dominant mass found needs a physician office visit. Call me old-fashioned, but i believe every woman needs to do this even today. ...Read more

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I have multiple fibroadenomas in both breasts. This makes me very nervous/reluctant to examine my breasts. Any tips as i know it is important?

I have multiple fibroadenomas in both breasts. This makes me very nervous/reluctant to examine my breasts. Any tips as i know it is important?

It's tough: The big thing is getting to know the "lay of the land". Even though you have a lot of lumps and bumps, they will not change in location - this is more of a background texturing in your breasts. Be diligent, you'll surprise yourself. Once you know where things are typically, you will want to watch for anything "new". ...Read more

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I need to get my breast examination done. Which doctorshould I go to?

I need to get my breast examination done. Which doctorshould I go to?

Primary care or gyn: The provider you go to for general check ups or see first for common or puzzling problems is referred to as your primary care provider. For adults this is usually a nurse practitioner, or a doctor specialized in family practice or internal medicine. These providers, or gynecologists (see only females generally) are the ones to see for breast exams. Sometimes int med doctors don't do this, though. ...Read more

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I am 30 and have very large breasts, is it normal to feel a lot of lumps in it?, I do self exams and no changes just it feels like peas in both

I am 30 and have very large breasts, is it normal to feel a lot of lumps in it?, I do self exams and no changes just it feels like peas in both

Tough to say: At 30, you should be seeing a gynecologist regularly, which would include a breast exam. Fibrocystic beast tissue is common in normal healthy young breasts, but it is recommended for you to see the gyn as stated to get a professional examination and opinion, and if necessary a diagnostic mammogram to assure all is well. Best wishes. ...Read more

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My wife wants a breast examination, what is the specialty of the doctor required?

My wife wants a breast examination, what is the specialty of the doctor required?

Primary care : Any doctor can do this. A normal starting part would be a general physician, primary care, family practice, internal medicine, obgyn or breast specialist. ...Read more

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Are males automatically examined for breast cancer?

Are males automatically examined for breast cancer?

No : Breast cancer is uncommon in males and usually presents with a lump that the individual feels. If you feel a breast lump tell your doc - it may not be picked up on a routine physical. ...Read more

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Is there anyone offering to give free breast cancer exams as a regular program, anywhere in the u.S.?

Is there anyone offering to give free breast cancer exams as a regular program, anywhere in the u.S.?

Am Cancer Society: Contact your local american cancer society office. They ususally support free screening mammograms at health fares, and other opportunities. Additionally, your local health department may advise you on free screening locations. ...Read more

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Ok for a woman in 30's to rely on clinical breast exams if she has anxiety doing breast awareness?Always finding things and stressing when doing bse.

Ok for a woman in 30's to rely on clinical breast exams if she has anxiety doing breast awareness?Always finding things and stressing when doing bse.

It's OK, but better: Even better, if you can find a woman's clinic or willing professional (nurse would be fine) to teatch you how, including interpretation of your 'findings'. To offer an tactile example of a 'bad' lump so you can know what that is. I admit I'd also be unsure of what that would be. Hey, I should find a teacher too. This can work for other concerns too. Learning can lower stress of the unknown. Best! ...Read more

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Would a breast cancer lump continue to increase in size? Tiny hard lump (rice size) for over a year w/no change. Neg U/S a yr ago, multiple exams.

Would a breast cancer lump continue to increase in size? Tiny hard lump (rice size) for over a year w/no change. Neg U/S a yr ago, multiple exams.

Breast lump: if it is benign or malignant , no one can answer with out examination , if necessary test like mammograms, sonogram & MRI when indicated along with core needle biopsy , best person to answer is your doctor Age is in your favor Good Luck ...Read more

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How often should people perform breast and testicular self-exams?

How often should people perform breast and testicular self-exams?

Self -exams: Monthly breast self-examination is recommended & monthly self-examination of the testicles is recommended. ...Read more

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Can excessive stimulation of the breast by obsessive examination or too big bra cause changes to size and color of areolas?

Can excessive stimulation of the breast by obsessive examination or too big bra cause changes to size and color of areolas?

You might have: some edema if the areolas are excessively manipulated. If skin is excoriated if may impact color. Bottom line - are you so excessive that you are causing significant trauma to your breasts? See you have anxiety. Is this a compulsive behavior? See you take xanax (alprazolam). If you have poorly controlled compulsion speak with your doctor about non - med therapies as well as SSRI's. ...Read more

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When is best time to do self breast exams?

When is best time to do self breast exams?

Self Exams: I think the best time is once a month in the shower at the same time of the month. Probably about 10 days after your period or if not having periods then just do it on the first of every month. Make sure you check up into your armpit, the tail of the breast is there. ...Read more

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Do medical assistants perform breast exams or is it just doctors?

Do medical assistants perform breast exams or is it just doctors?

Practitioners only: I believe that a professional breast exam should be done by a licensed practitioner who is properly trained. It would be unusual and probably inappropriate on many levels that a medical assistant would perform a breast exam on a patient at a scheduled appointment. ...Read more

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Must I do breast self-exams if i'm a young woman with family history?

Must I do breast self-exams if i'm a young woman with family history?

Yes: It is important that all women and girls with breast tissue be aware of their breast tissue. Breast self exam or breast self awaremess allows one to get to know their self and determine when an abnormal finding is present. Any abnormal finding should be evaluated by your doctor. ...Read more