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How to Do a Breast Self-Exam

Every woman has a 1 in 8 chance of contracting breast cancer in her life. Performing regular breast self-exams and knowing risks can help prevent breast cancer. Here, step-by-step information on how to perform a breast self-exam and how to prevent breast cancer.

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Susan G. Komen Foundation
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Lying Down

Feel for changes:

  • Lie down on your back with a pillow under your right shoulder.
  • Use the pads of the three middle fingers on your left hand to check your right breast.

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Lying Down

  • Press using light, medium, and firm pressure in a circle without lifting your fingers off the skin.
  • Follow an up-and-down pattern.
  • Feel for changes in your breast, above and below your collarbone and in your armpit.
  • Repeat on your left breast using your right hand.
  • These steps may be repeated while bathing or showering, using soapy hands.

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In Front of the Mirror

Look for changes:

  • Hold arms at your side.
  • Hold arms over your head.

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In Front of the Mirror

  • Press your hands on your hips and tighten your chest muscles.
  • Bend forward with your hands on your hips.

For more information visit www.komen.org or call their breast care helpline: 1-877 GO KOMEN (1-877-465-6636)

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Have you done an exam lately?

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arunshinghsnia wrote:

which one is the best of our body to breasts tablet or a oil

5/2/2014 05:04:48 AM Report Abuse
cathy.toben wrote:

IDC (invasive ductal carcinoma) is a very serious tumor. It's one of the most common types of breast cancer to kill people. You shouldn't make uneducated comments like this because you don't want to downplay the seriousness of this condition.

10/18/2011 03:54:18 PM Report Abuse
huhnjill wrote:

Wow, that's great that you caught it early and it wasn't one of the more serious tumors! :)

8/3/2011 04:38:10 PM Report Abuse
jsquire47 wrote:

Last year I found a lump in my breast that mammograms didn't pick up, even when I could show the technician where it was. Turned out to be Invasive Ductal Carcinoma, but because it was caught relatively early, the treatment wasn't horrendous and I currently have no evidence of disease and a spectacular prognosis. F*ck cancer. Do your self exams.

10/5/2010 06:13:47 PM Report Abuse

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