Self-exams aren’t worth doing.
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.”