These Women Are Less Likely to Do Self-Breast Exams

Playing Is This Keeping You From Doing Self-Breast Exams?

The Doctors discuss a study that found women who are unhappy with their breast size may be less likely to perform self-breast exams to check for potential cancer lumps.

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The study found that 31 percent of women in the study wanted smaller breasts and 44 percent wanted larger breasts. Plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Ordon explains that some women with smaller breast may believe because they have less breast tissue that they have less chance of developing breast cancer. He says this is a mistake and should not preclude someone from doing a self-exam. And for women with large breasts, he says it can be more difficult to perform a self-exam, but he stresses it is still important to do.

OB/GYN Dr. Nita Landry notes that the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and other organizations are moving away from self-breast exams and encouraging something called self-breast awareness, which involves being aware of what is normal for you.

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Dr. Nita says this includes knowing what your breasts look like, what they feel like and being informed about your family's history of breast cancer. She also says self-breast awareness includes being on top of your modifiable risks like your alcohol consumption and your weight.

The Doctors note that knowing what is normal for your breasts can help you better detect any changes.