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Connecticut Breast Imaging: How to Perform a Self-Breast Exam

A breast self-examination (BSE) is a self-screening method that allows you to check for breast lumps from the comfort of your home. As the one who knows your own body best, you can be your own best advocate for good breast health.

A self-breast examination can help screen and check for:

* Abnormalities including masses or growths which could be tumors and potentially cancerous

* Cysts that are small fluid-filled sacs which are typically non-cancerous but may cause discomfort

Self-examination is highly recommended as a complement to regular screening at a radiologist’s office. During a home exam, you will use your own hands to gently palpate (feel) each breast in a careful, systematic fashion.

With self-examination, you will familiarize yourself with your breast size, shape and texture, so you’ll be able to discern when there is a change or difference in the feel of your breasts.

It is important to immediately consult a health practitioner or doctor if you feel any changes or abnormalities in your breasts.

To learn how to perform a self-breast exam and to read the full article, please visit Connecticut Breast Imaging’s blog here or call 203.426.3002.

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