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Can I do a breast self exam lying down?

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1. Lie down and place a small pillow or folded towel under your right shoulder. Put your right hand behind your head. Place your left hand on the upper portion of your right breast with fingers together and flat. Body lotion may help to make this easier.

2. Think of your breast as a face on a clock. Start at 12 o'clock and move toward 1 o'clock in small circular motions. Continue around the entire circle until you reach 12 o'clock again. When the circle is complete, move an inch toward the nipple and complete another circle around the clock. Continue until you've felt the entire breast.

3. Place your fingers flat directly on top of your nipple. Feel beneath it for any changes. Gently press your nipple inward. It should move easily.

4. Repeat these steps on your other breast.

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society.

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on July 03, 2018

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society.

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on July 03, 2018

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