How to do a breast self-examination using an up-and-down pattern
To do this type of breast examination, check the entire breast area by using an up-and-down pattern. Start at one edge of the breast area and move your fingers up and down to the edges of your breast and across the entire breast area. As you move across the breast area, move your fingers in small, coin-sized circles using different levels of pressure.
Check both breasts.
Current as of:
December 17, 2020
Author: Healthwise Staff Medical Review: Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine Wendy Y. Chen MD, MPH MD, MPH - Medical Oncology, Hematology
Medical Review:Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine & Wendy Y. Chen MD, MPH MD, MPH - Medical Oncology, Hematology
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