Breast Cancer

How to Do a Self Breast Exam [Video]

Breast self-exam, or regularly examining your breasts on your own, can be an important way to find breast cancer early, when it’s more likely to be treated successfully—and you definitely don’t need to wait for your doctor to do one during your annual trip to the ob/gyn. Being self-aware of your body is a key part of being active in your own healthcare.

It’s also worth noting that breast self-exams are for everyone. A common myth about breast cancer and about breast self-exams is that they are only for women. “Men can and should also be aware of their breast or chest tissue, particularly trans men or men who have a family history of male breast cancer,” says Melissa Wong M.D., an ob/gyn at Boston Medical Center.

Below, you’ll find the answers to why self breast exams are important, how to perform the exam, and how often you should be checking in with these all-important self-evaluations.

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