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Breast Self-Exam (cont.)

Lying Down

Right breast

  • Place a pillow under your right shoulder.
  • Put your right hand under your head.
  • Check the entire breast area with the finger pads of your left hand.
  • Use small circles and follow an up-and-down pattern.
  • Use light, medium, and firm pressure over each area of the breast.
  • Feel the breast with the surfaces of the second, third, and fourth fingers, moving systematically and using small, circular motions from the nipple to the outer margins.
  • Gently squeeze the nipple for any discharge.

Left breast

  • Repeat these steps on your left breast using your right hand.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/16/2014
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