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How to Perform a Routine Self Breast Exam

The Importance of Self Breast Exams

Regular breast self-exams are incredibly important, even when you get yearly mammograms. In 2016, the American Cancer Society (ACS) began no longer recommending breast exams from a medical provider or self-exams done at home, stating that their research didn’t prove any clear advantage. However, breastcancer.org still believes the routine to be crucial, as breast cancer can be missed by mammograms, or sometimes caught early at home by yourself. Even the ACS says that women should be familiar with the normal look and feel of their own breasts and report any changes to their doctor. The best way to be familiar is to examine your own breasts. So how should you do this? We’ve put together a helpful graphic for doing a self-exam easily at home.