How to do a breast self-exam using a circle pattern

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Woman doing breast self-exam using circle pattern

To do this type of breast exam, check the entire breast area by moving your fingers in circles around the breast. Start at the outer edge of the breast and make smaller and smaller circles around the breast until you reach the nipple. As you circle around the breast area, move your fingers in small, coin-sized circles using different levels of pressure.

Check both breasts.

Current as of: August 22, 2019

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
Wendy Y. Chen, MD, MPH - Medical Oncology, Hematology




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