How should I care for my breasts?

Jaspreet Kaur, DO
Family Medicine
It's always a good idea to make sure that you look at your breasts to see if you notice any masses, or if there's any nipple or breast changes obvious to the naked eye. A great time to check your breasts is while taking a shower.

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Your breasts are an important part of your body that require care just as you care for your skin or face. One way to care for your breasts is to get to know them so that you'll be aware of any changes that occur over time. If you choose to do breast self-exams, do them often so that you can get used to the changes that occur with your monthly menstrual cycles. If you have any questions about what is normal, or if you have any changes (such as a new mass, nipple discharge or skin changes), consult with your primary doctor for further work-up. Other routine care for breast health includes regular mammograms starting at 40 to 50-years-old and possibly earlier if you have increased breast cancer risk.

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