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Breast Care - Self-Exam

Why do it?

A breast self-exam could save your breast - and your life. Most breast lumps are found by women themselves and are usually not cancer. The purpose of doing the breast self-exam is to get to know what your breasts feel like, so that any changes can be detected and checked by your health care provider. Most breasts feel lumpy - that's normal - your job is to get familiar with your lumps. The more you do it, the better you'll get. Once you know your breasts, you'll be able to detect changes better and earlier than your health care provider.

When to do it?
The best time to do the breast self-exam is right after your period, when your breasts are the least tender and lumpy. If you do not have periods, or have irregular periods, do it on the same day every month.

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