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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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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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