A breast self-examination is when you check your breasts for lumps or changes. This regular examination helps you learn how your breasts normally look and feel. Most breast problems or changes are not because of cancer.
Breast self-examination is not a substitute for a mammogram. Having regular breast examinations by your doctor and regular mammograms improve your chances of finding any problems with your breasts.
Some women set a time each month to do a step-by-step breast self-examination. Other women like a less formal system. They might look at their breasts as they brush their teeth, or feel their breasts once in a while in the shower.
If you notice a change in your breast, tell your doctor.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It’s also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
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Current as of: July 26, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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