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Woman and doctorAlthough breast self-exams can be life-saving, doing them every month is just one more time consuming, anxiety-provoking task on your to-do list.

Feel for lumps in the shower, then stand in front of the mirror, then lie down and feel again. Use this kind of motion, that type of pressure. Repeat every month.

Kudos to you if you are making the time, but if you’re only doing them occasionally, that’s ok too.

“The very rigid and structured monthly breast self-exam that you take very seriously, has kind of gone by the wayside,” said Dr. Alyssa Dweck, a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist and co-author of “V is for Vagina.”

Although major health organizations previously recommended women do breast self-exams every month without fail, studies show they don’t improve survival odds and may even increase the amount of unnecessary biopsies…

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