Self-ex­ams aren’t worth do­ing.

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BREAK IT DOWN: Us­ing two fin­gers and mov­ing in a cir­cu­lar pat­tern to check your breasts for lumps and other changes once a month is no longer of­fi­cially rec­om­mended. “Self-ex­ams weren’t get­ting pa­tients di­ag­nosed any ear­lier, which is key to re­duc­ing breast can­cer mor­tal­ity,” says Dr Mar­i­ana Chavez Mac Gre­gor, of the Univer­sity of Texas MD An­der­son Can­cer Cen­ter. In­stead, the fo­cus has shifted to breast health aware­ness, she says. “You should know what’s nor­mal for you – the sym­me­try of your breasts, what the skin and nip­ples look like, and what they feel like,” Dr Mac Gre­gor says. “If you know that, you’ll know if there’s some­thing ab­nor­mal, like le­sions or lumps.”

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