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Health Tip: Performing a Breast Self-Exam

(HealthDay News) -- Checking your breasts regularly can help you detect any changes early.

The Susan G. Komen Foundation explains what to look for during a breast self-exam:

  • Any thickening, hard knots or lumps in the breasts or underarm.

  • A darkening of the skin, or redness, swelling or warmth.

  • Any changes in the size or shape of the breast, including puckering or dimpling.

  • Any rash or sores that are itchy or scaly.

  • A depressed area of the nipple, or in any other part of the breast.

  • Sudden discharge from the nipple.

  • Sudden pain that doesn't subside.

Online Medical Reviewer: Louise Akin, RN, BSN
Online Medical Reviewer: Daphne Pierce-Smith, RN, MSN, FNP, CCRC
Last Review Date: 11/6/2013
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