3 Simple Steps to a Monthly Breast Self-Exam

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Step 1

Evaluate size and balance

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Evaluate Size and Balance

Look at yourself in the mirror with your shoulders straight and your hands on your hips.

  • Are they the usual size, shape, and color?
  • Is there any uneven, distortion, or swelling Repeat this step with arms raised.

Step 2

Evaluate while lying down

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Evaluate while laying down

Using your right hand feel your left breast and then your left hand to feel your right breast. Use a firm touch with the first few fingers of your hand keeping the fingers flat and together.

  • Cover the entire breast from top to bottom
  • Are they the usual size, shape, and color?
  • Is there any uneven, distortion, or swelling

    Repeat this step with arms raised.

Step 3

Evaluate in the shower

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Evaluate in the shower

You may find it easier to feel your breasts when your skin is wet. After lathering with soap in the shower, use the same hand movements described in Step 2.

Lets Talk Size

See the vegetables below to see why yearly mammograms and self-exams matter.

Pea

Average-size lump found by

Regular screening mammograms

Lima Bean

Average-size lump found by

First mammograms

Grape

Average-size lump found by women practicing

Regular self-exams

Walnut

Average-size lump found by women

untrained in self-exams

What if I find a Lump?

Dont panic

80% of lumps are found to be non-cancerous

See your doctor

To discuss next steps

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