You are never too young or too old to perform breast self-exams.
Did you know that experts recommend teenage girls perform breast self-exams, and young women should begin having clinical breast exams (performed by a medical professional) beginning at age 20?
Whatever your age, you owe it yourself to take care of your “girls.”
Check them out!
Stand in front of a mirror. Examine your breasts with your hands on your hips, then with your arms raised and your hands clasped behind your head. Look for any of the following changes:
If you experience any of these changes, please contact your medical professional immediately.
Do it Your Way!
You can stand or lie down to perform your breast self-exam. Some women find it easier to perform their BSE’s in the shower, while their skin is wet and soapy. Others find it easier to perform their BSE’s while lying down, because the breast tissue flattens in the prone position. No matter what position you choose—just choose to do breast self-exams every month!
Breast Self-Exam Standing Position
To examine your right breast, place your right hand behind your head. With your left hand, use the finger pads of your left three middle fingers, and use a circular motion, going clockwise from the outer breast to the inner breast, checking for lumps, knots or thickening. Include the areas just below your collarbone and above the top of your abdomen.
After examining your entire breast, lower your right arm slightly and use your left hand to feel your right underarm.
Repeat steps above for the left side, with your left hand behind your head.
Report any changes or irregularities to your healthcare professional right away.
Breast Self-Exam Lying Position
Lie down placing a pillow under your right shoulder. With your left hand, use the finger pads of your left three middle fingers, and use a circular motion, going clockwise from the outer breast to the inner breast, checking for lumps, knots or thickening. Include the areas just below your collarbone and above the top of your abdomen. Use light, medium and deep pressure.
Repeat for the left side, moving your pillow under your left shoulder.
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