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Self & Clinical Breast Exams

Breast Self-Exam (BSE)

Breast self-exam is an option for women starting in their 20's. In addition to breast self-exam, you should also have recommended mammograms and clinical breast exams as directed by your health care provider.

If you perform breast self-exams on a regular basis, you will become familiar with how your breasts normally look and feel, allowing you to easily notice changes. Many women have a pattern of lumpiness in their breasts, which is normal. A breast self-exam should include the breasts, armpits, neck and chest area. Download and print out a step-by-step guide to doing a breast self-exam. The Susan G. Komen Foundation website also offers an interactive breast self-exam tutorial in English, Spanish, Hindi and Chinese.

If you suspect changes in your breasts, notify your health care provider right away.

Clinical Breast Exam (CBE)

This is a physical exam performed by your health care provider that includes the breasts, armpits, neck and chest area. Women in their 20's and 30's should have a clinical breast exam (CBE) as part of a regular exam at least every three years. After age 40, women should have a clinical breast exam every year.