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Breast Self-Examination

Breast self-examinationFinding breast cancer (Read about "Breast Cancer") early increases a woman's chances of surviving the disease. Mammograms (Read about "Mammograms") can detect cancer at its earliest, most treatable stage. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) says you should also know what is normal for your breasts. You can try lying down with a pillow under your right shoulder and placing your right arm behind your head. Using the finger pads of the three middle fingers on your left hand, feel around for any lumps in the right breast. Press firmly but gently. If you're not sure how hard to press, talk with a healthcare professional to learn the correct technique.

You can either move up and down or in a circular motion going outward from the nipple. Just make sure you cover the entire breast, chest and armpit area. You're checking for:

  • lumps
  • changes in appearance including puckering and dimples
  • changes in size or shape
  • pushed-in or misshapen nipples

Reverse arm positions and repeat this procedure on your left breast.

You can also examine your breasts while standing, with your one arm behind your head. Again, make sure you cover the entire breast, as well as the chest and armpit area. You can do this standing examination in the shower. You might also want to check your breasts this way by standing in front of a mirror so you can look for any changes in the appearance of your breasts such as swelling or dimpling.

If you find any lumps or changes in the breast's feel or appearance, see a doctor right away. The National Cancer Institute (NCI) says that, although many lumps turn out to be non-cancerous, it's essential to avoid delays in getting professional advice and treatment. (Read about "Breast Diseases and Conditions")

Remember, when found early, breast cancer is most treatable. The correct use of self-examination, professional exams and mammography can help provide the best chance for survival of breast cancer.

Related Information:

    Breast Cancer Glossary

    Breast Cancer

    Woman's Health Terms Glossary

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Ann L. Baroco
Center for Breast Health

Early detection is a woman's best defense against serious illness. The Ann L. Baroco Center for Breast Health provides on-site breast cancer screenings, evaluation and counseling. From support groups and state-of-the-art imaging to the latest biopsy techniques and treatments, patients receive the very best of care.

Breast cancer will strike an estimated 1 in 8 women in their lifetimes and new technologies are helping to detect and treat breast cancer earlier and more effectively, greatly increasing the likelihood of recovery.


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