How to Check Your Breasts for Lumps—Because Everyone Should Know How To

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Here are some shocking statistics: About one in eight U.S. women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. Just this year alone, 252,710 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed, and if you have a first-degree relative with breast cancer (like your mom or your sister), your chance of diagnosis doubles.

The numbers are scary, but as with any disease, detecting breast cancer early greatly increases your chance of survival, so proactivity is of utmost importance. You were probably taught at some point to feel around your breast for something that feels out of place, but as you age, your breasts undergo a lot of changes, so it's hard to decipher what exactly you should be looking for.

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, we spoke with Elizabeth Comen, MD, BCRF investigator, assistant attending physician, Breast Medicine Service, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center as well as gynecologist and DeoDoc expert Gunvor Ekman-Ordeberg, MD, PhD, who shared everything you need to know about self-breast exams. Take a look at their answers below.