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Taking a few minutes to do a breast self-exam every month can make a lifetime of a difference. Beginning in their 20's, the American Cancer Society (ACA) recommends that women perform breast self-exams (BSE) regularly (usually monthly after their period). For women age 40 and older, an annual mammogram is strongly recommended. Following ACA guidelines for the early detection of breast cancer improves the chances that breast cancer can be diagnosed at an early stage and treated successfully.

ACA's recommendations for performing a breat self-exam are the following:

  1. Lie down and place your right arm behind your head.
  2. With the fingers of your left hand flat, press your right breast gently in small circular motions, moving vertically or in a circular pattern covering the entire breast.
  3. Use light, medium, and firm pressure. Squeeze the nipple; check for discharge and lumps.
  4. Repeat these steps for your left breast.

Women should know how their breasts normally look and feel and report any new breast changes to a health professional as soon as they are found.