10/06/2011 05:08 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2011

5 Common Mistakes Women Make During A Breast Self Exam

If you’ve been to a doctor lately, it’s likely that you’ve had a breast exam done. The squeeze-and-feel has become standard practice for most every visit (for women, anyway). But just getting checked during your annual exam isn’t often enough with a disease that spreads rapidly and aggressively the way breast cancer does. Unfortunately, many women don’t know how to correctly give themselves a breast self exam (BSE). Here are 5 common mistakes that women make–and how you can avoid them.

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