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Adolescent Female

Breast Self Exam

Following is a guide to performing a Breast Self Exam (BSE).
Just as your period ends (or at the same time each month if you do not have periods), check for any change in the normal look or feel of your breasts.

Report any changes to your doctor or nurse. Go for regular breast exams and
ask about a mammogram.

Step One: 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

The steps may be repeated while bathing or showering using soapy hands.

Step Two: In Front of the Mirror
Look for changes in the shape, size or appearance of your breasts. Look for dimpling, rash or puckering of the skin
or nipple, nipple discharge or any change from normal. Inspect your breasts in four steps:
▪ Holding arms at sides
▪ Holding arms overhead
▪ Pressing hands on hips to tighten chest muscles
▪ Bending forward with hands on hips

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