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- Stand in front of the mirror with the hands and arms in different positions.
- Look for dimpling, prominent veins, puckered skin or flat nipples.
- There is no need to palpate the breast tissue.
- It does not help locate early breast cancers.
- Palpate the breast tissue in vertical or circular motions.
A breast self-exam is a monthly exam used to detect early cancers. The woman stands in front of a mirror or is lying down with the arms and hands in different positions. The breast is observed for dimpling, puckering, prominent veins or flat nipples. The palpation can be circular or vertical.
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