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Breast Self-Exam (cont.)

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Your health-care professional can instruct you in the proper technique for breast self-examination during your annual breast examination. This should be discussed during your general check-up or women's wellness check-up if you are menopausal or postmenopausal. Routine breast self-examination has not been proven to reduce breast cancer deaths, nor has it been as helpful as routine screening using mammography. However, breast self-exams are very cost effective and have no side effects. Masses that may represent breast cancer, when discovered using this technique, are more likely to be an early stage, may have a better outcome, and may likely have higher cure rates (i.e. long-term survival).

Breast Pictures

Picture of the anatomy of the breast
Picture of the anatomy of the breast

Medically reviewed by Wayne Blocker, MD; Board Certified Obstetrics and Gynecology

REFERENCES:

National Breast Cancer Foundation. Symptoms and Signs of Breast Cancer.

National Breast Cancer Foundation. Breast Self-Exam.

Susan G. Komen. Breast Self-Exam.

Susan G. Komen. Warning Signs of Breast Cancer.

UpToDate. Patient information: Breast cancer screening (Beyond the Basics).


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/11/2015
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