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Breast Self-Exam


  1. Stand and raise your arms high over your head. Look for any changes in the contour of each breast, such as a swelling, a dimpling of skin or changes in the nipple.
  2. Lift your right arm and use your left hand to examine your right breast. If you're lying down, place a pillow under your right shoulder, place your right arm behind your head, and examine your right breast with your left hand.
  3. Fingers flat, move them gently over every part of each breast. Make small circular motions, moving vertically or in a circular pattern covering the entire breast. Check for any lump, hard knot or thickening. Also look for any changes since your last examination.
  4. *Breast tissue is found all the way from the nipple to under the armpit. Be sure to check along the side of your chest as it is still, technically, part of your breast.
  5. Switch sides.
  6. Repeat monthly starting at age 20.

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