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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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cherylsc wrote:

Doing breast self-exams and knowing your risks cannot PREVENT breast cancer. The tag for this story is misleading.

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