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breast self-examination

Pronunciation: brest self-ek-zam′i-nā′shŭn

Definition: Procedure by which breasts and accessory anatomic structures are observed and palpated to detect changes or abnormalities that may indicate the presence of malignancy. It is recommended that women undertake breast self-examination once a month. Nurses and other health care professionals play an important role in teaching women to perform this procedure correctly.

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