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breast self-exam
breast self-exam

You should perform a breast self-exam every month following your menstrual cycle. After menopause perform a breast self-exam on a set day of each month, for example, the first day of each month.


In the shower:

Raise one arm. With fingers flat, touch every part of each breast and the area around it, gently feeling for a lump or changes under the skin. Use your right hand to examine your left breast, your left hand for your right breast. 


Before a mirror:

Place your arms at your sides, on your hips, then raise your hands above your head, look carefully for changes in the size, shape and contour of each breast. Look for puckering, dimpling, or changes in skin texture. Turn to left and right and repeat.


Lying down:

Place a towel or pillow under your right shoulder and your right hand on your forehead - palm up. Examine your right breast with your left hand by touching gently but firmly.


Vertical and Circular:

Fingers flat, press gently in vertical lines or small circles, starting under your arm, and move in toward the nipple. Be sure to cover your entire breast area. Repeat with left breast area.


Resting Your Arm:

With your arm resting on a firm surface, use the same method to examine the underarm area. This is breast tissue also.

If at any time you notice changes see your physician right away. 

"This self-exam is not a substitute for periodic examinations by a qualified physician."

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