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Examining Your Breasts 101

A Breast Self Exam (BSE) helps you become familiar with how your breasts normally look and feel. A thorough BSE can take up to 10 minutes. During a BSE, you should:

  • Check for lumps, thickness, and other changes
  • Check all over, including the armpit
  • Lie down; it’s the most effective way to feel your breast tissue

Women in their 20s and 30s should receive a Clinical Breast Exam (CBE) from a licensed medical provider once every three years.

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