Breast Self-Exam (cont.)
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Your health-care professional can show you the proper technique for breast self-examination during your annual breast examination. This should be brought up during your general check-up or women's wellness check-up if you are menopausal or postmenopausal.
You should perform this exam monthly and immediately report any suspicious breast lumps or conditions to your doctor.
Routine breast self-examination has not been proven to reduce breast cancer deaths, nor has it been as helpful as routine screening by mammography. However, breast self-exams are very cost effective and have no side effects. Tumors that may be breast cancer, when found with this technique, can be in an early stage, may have a better outcome, and may possibly have higher cure rates (long-term survival).
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Medically reviewed by Steven Nelson, MD; Board Certified Obstetrics and Gynecology
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/15/2014
Serdar H Ural, MD
Aneela Naureen Hussain, MD, MBBS
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