What is a breast self-exam?
A breast self exam is a monthly exam a woman can so herself to check for breast cancer. When you do a breast self-exam you check for lumps, thickening, dimples in the breast, or discharge from the nipple.
Cancer of the breast is the most common type of cancer in American women. About 1 on every 9 women develops breast cancer. Most cases of breast cancer are discovered by women doing self-exams. When breast cancer is found early and treated right away, the chances for cure are better. Every woman should do regular breast self-exams.
What is the best time to examine my breasts?
Examine your breasts once a month at the end of your period, when your breasts aren't tender or swollen. If you have already been through menopause or have had a hysterectomy, check your breasts on the first day of every month or whenever you can best remember to do it monthly.
How do I do a breast self-exam?
There are five steps to follow in order to perform a breast exam:
When should I call the doctor?
If you find a lump, dimple, or discharge during your breast self- exam, see your doctor as soon as possible. Don't be frightened. Most lumps are not cancerous, but only your doctor can make the diagnosis.
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