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Why should I lie down when doing a breast self-exam?

Susanne M. Chow, MD
Diagnostic Radiology
There are several steps to performing a breast self-exam.
  1. In the shower to feel for abnormalities.
  2. In front of a mirror to look for abnormalities.
  3. Lying down to feel for abnormalities. When you lie down, the breast tissue flattens against the chest wall.

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