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Breast Diagnostic Center

Breast Self-Exam Tips

Provided by the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation

Women should perform breast self-exams just as their period ends each month or at the same time each month. Remember to report any abnormalities to your physician.

Lying Down

Feel for a hard lump, thickening or any change in your breast tissue.

  • Lie down on your back with a pillow under your right shoulder;
  • Use the pads of the three middle fingers on your left hand to examine your right breast;
  • Press using light, medium and firm pressure in a circular motion;
  • Follow an up and down pattern;
  • Feel for changes in your breast, above and below your collarbone and in your armpit area;
  • Repeat on your left breast using your right hand.

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