Breast Cancer: Early Detection Saves Lives

When breast cancer is detected early and is in the localized stage, it can be treatable and survivable.

The three steps for early detection include:

  • Monthly breast self-exams
  • Regular clinical breast exams
  • Mammograms
  1. What to look for in a breast self-exam?
    1. A lump or swelling in the breast, upper chest or armpit
    1. Rash or crusting around the nipple
    1. A change in the skin, such as puckering or dimpling
    1. A change in the color of the breast
    1. Unusual liquid (discharge) from either nipple
    1. Changes in size or shape of the breast
  • How to perform a Clinical Breast Exam?

A clinical breast exam is performed by your family physician or gynecologist at your annual exam to recognize any abnormalities or warning signs.

  • Why do you need a Mammogram?

A mammogram is important because it can often show a breast lump before it can be felt.

Women at the age of 40 and older should have mammograms every 1 or 2 years.

References:

https://www.cancer.org/cancer/breast-cancer.html

https://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/about-breast-cancer

https://breastcancernow.org/get-involved/breast-cancer-awareness-month

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