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Do you self exam your breasts each month?


Asked by madmueller at 12:32 PM on Jan. 1, 2013 in Health

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  • Yes, but not with perfect regularity.

    That point (from balagan_imma) rings true with what I heard from an oncologist last month. My primary care physician referred me to an oncologist to talk about my risk of breast cancer, and about lowering my risk FOR breast cancer, given my family history.
    The oncologist spent an hour reviewing my history, talking to me about various options, and assessing the options as they relate to me given my estimated risk.

    He did comment about breast self-exams, saying that mammograms detect issues long before they can be identified in a self-exam, or felt in a clinical breast exam, as lumps. He mentioned that the only people who have been referred to him because of lumps they directly felt weren't receiving other screening (or it would have been detected earlier.) He wasn't discouraging self-exam but pointing out that someone who is getting annual mammo's will learn about any issues there, first.

    Answer by girlwithC at 11:20 PM on Jan. 4, 2013

  • Nope DH does it

    Answer by Dardenella at 1:39 PM on Jan. 1, 2013

  • I'm self examing right now.

    ...... lol.


    Answer by staciandababy at 1:08 PM on Jan. 1, 2013

  • I do.
    My mom was just diagnosed with breast cancer in early November. The thing is that if she had waited until she had felt something then she'd be worse off than she is now. The doctors couldn't feel the 2 lumps at all. Scary.

    Answer by balagan_imma at 2:05 PM on Jan. 1, 2013

  • yes absolutely.

    Answer by But_Mommie at 12:33 PM on Jan. 1, 2013

  • Nope, only when I remember. Which is probably every 6 months.

    Answer by Ginger0104 at 1:49 PM on Jan. 1, 2013

  • I should, but I don't. When I do, I always panic because I can't figure out what I'm feeling. I was getting HALO tests every year, and that's supposed to detect cancer cells years before a lump forms, but my doctor isn't doing them anymore. I was upset when they stopped doing them. I want to find another place that has them.

    Answer by JulieJacobKyle at 1:33 PM on Jan. 1, 2013