Operational Obstetrics & Gynecology

Self Breast Exam

This video shows a woman how to examine her own breasts, to detect lumps, masses, and nipple discharge.

The free, short version was produced by the US Navy as training for medical personnel in isolated settings. It was included on the Operational Obstetrics & Gynecology CD. It may be freely downloaded.

The longer version was produced by the Brookside Associates for civilian training. It is 5-minutes and is available for download. The same video but in high-resolution is available on CD or DVD.
Video Runtime 1:32
16 MB mpg
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Breast Self Exam

"Each month, right after a period, plan to examine your breasts."

"Start by looking in the mirror."

"Look for any skin changes, or visible bumps in the surface."

"Raise your arms above your head and then back to your side."

"Watch for any dimpling or retraction of the skin."

"Use this portion of your hand. It's a good way to feel for lumps."

"With your arm raised above your head, use a circular movement to feel for lumps."

"Breast tissue is normally a little nodular and bumpy."

"Some people say it's like feeling for a 'marble in a bag of rice.'"

"Check for nipple discharge."

"A few drops of clear, milky or green-tinged nipple secretion is normal."

"Bloody nipple discharge is considered abnormal."

"Once a year, have a professional breast exam."

"Mammograms can be very helpful at early detection of a number of problems."

"Many doctors recommend mammograms every other year for women between ages 40 and 50. Then every year after age 50."

"If you find a skin change, lump, or nipple discharge, see your health care provider right away."

"Most of these problems prove to be innocent, but the best chance for treatment of more serious problems comes with early diagnosis."


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Operational Obstetrics & Gynecology - 2nd Edition
The Health Care of Women in Military Settings
CAPT Michael John Hughey, MC, USNR
January 1, 2000

This web version of Operational Obstetrics & Gynecology is provided by The Brookside Associates Medical Education Division.  It contains original contents from the official US Navy NAVMEDPUB 6300-2C, but has been reformatted for web access and includes advertising and links that were not present in the original version. This web version has not been approved by the Department of the Navy or the Department of Defense. The presence of any advertising on these pages does not constitute an endorsement of that product or service by either the Department of Defense or the Brookside Associates. The Brookside Associates is a private organization, not affiliated with the United States Department of Defense. All material in this version is unclassified.

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