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How To Examine Your Breasts
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
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
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
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
Breast: At least once a month.Get a more detailed answer ›
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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
Is there anyone offering to give free breast cancer exams as a regular program, anywhere in the u.S.?
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
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.
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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