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How to perform a breast self-exam?

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Knowing our body to identify any significant changes and consulting specialists in time can make a difference, even more so when we talk about breast cancer, which is the tumor that most affects women worldwide. 

This type of cancer is a random and abnormal proliferation of malignant breast cells that generate changes in the breast. As these transformations can be identifiable by touch or by sight, it is recommended that you follow the following steps to perform a self-exam every month:

Standing up

Lying down

It is recommended that all women over the age of 20 perform a monthly self-exam. The best time to do it is between five and seven days after your normal menstrual cycle ends when the breast is less sensitive. 

It should be clear that self-exam does not replace medical diagnosis. Therefore, in the presence of any abnormality, do not anticipate the facts and wait for the specialists' opinion. Keep in mind, for example, that most breast lumps are not cancerous.

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In the consultation, a breast cancer surgeon, a surgical oncologist, or trained health personnel will perform a clinical breast exam. This analysis should be requested at least once every three years, even if you do not have any warning signs.

As time goes by, screening should increase. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most breast cancers are detected in women who are 50 years old or older. Therefore, it is recommended that clinical breast exams and screening mammograms be performed annually starting at age 40.

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