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Health Tip: Examining Your Own Breasts

Here's what to look for

(HealthDay News) -- The best ways to find breast lumps that may be cancerous are to have regular mammograms and breast exams, and to check your breasts yourself each month.

Finding breast cancer early gives better prospects for recovery and makes treatment easier. More than 90 percent of women whose breast cancer is found early will be cured.

The American Academy of Family Physicians says here's what you should look for when checking your breasts:

  • Any new lump.
  • Unusual thickening of your breasts.
  • Sticky or bloody discharge from your nipples.
  • Any changes in the skin of your nipples or breasts, such as puckering or dimpling.
  • An unusual increase in the size of one breast.
  • One breast unusually lower than the other.
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