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Should I do a self-exam on my breasts?

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It’s a good idea to get to know what’s normal for your breasts. That way, you can check in with your doctor if you notice something unusual, such as a lump, skin change, or discharge.

However, medical groups don’t agree on the effectiveness of breast self-exams. You can ask your doctor for advice on whether it would be helpful for you.

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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