|HealthyLife® Students' Self-Care Guide|
|Section II–Playing It Safe|
Breast Self-Exam (BSE)
How To Do a BSE
Beginning at age 20, do a breast self-exam (BSE) once a month. Do it at the same time each month to learn what is normal for you. The best time to do a BSE is within 3 days after your period stops.
Some lumpiness or thickening in the breasts is normal. Your “job” isn’t just to find lumps, but to notice if there are any changes. If you have questions, ask your doctor. Don’t self-diagnose. If you find a change in a breast, a clear or bloody nipple discharge, or a lump, DON’T PANIC! Call your doctor or health care provider. Most lumps are not cancer.
Do a BSE in 3 Steps
For Information, Contact:
The National Cancer Institute
February 19, 2004
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