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How to Do a Breast Self-Exam

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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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