How to Do a Breast Self-Exam
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- Breast Self-Examination (BSE)
- How to Prevent Breast Cancer from Happening to You
How to Prevent Breast Cancer from Happening to You1. Know your risk
- Talk to your family to learn about your family health history.
- Talk to your doctor about your personal risk of breast cancer.
- Ask your doctor which screening tests are right for you if you are at a higher risk.
- Have a mammogram every year starting at age 40 if you are at average risk.
- Have a clinical breast exam at least every 3 years starting at 20, and every year starting at 40.
See your healthcare provider right away if you notice any of these breast changes:
- Lump, hard knot, or thickening
- Swelling, warmth, redness, or darkening
- Change in the size or shape of the breast
- Dimpling or puckering of the skin
- Itchy, scaly sore or rash on the nipple
- Pulling in of your nipple or other parts
- Nipple discharge that starts suddenly
- New pain in one spot that does not go away
Originally published by Komen.org. Reprinted with permission.
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