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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. 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).

Breast Pictures

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

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 9/16/2014
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