Early Detection Saves Lives
When found early, the survival rate for breast cancer is 98%.

To provide the best care for your breasts, there are three tools for early detection, each of which supplements the other two; you must not depend on just one method.

First: Mammograms (Age Appropriate) - Most reccomendations suggest having your first mammogram at age 40; talk to your health care provider about specific decisions about when you should start. Then get one every year.

Second: A clinical breast exam by yours health care provider every year.
Tip: Schedule your mammogram and clinical breast exam six months apart.

Third: do a proper breast self-exam every month. Learning the landscape of your breasts ensures that you will notice changes as they occur. Most changes are just normal changes, but you need to follow up with your health care provider to make sure. This is the real key to early detection.


Reduce your risk for Breast Cancer

Keep your breasts healthy by keeping your whole body healthy.
*Eat a well-balanced diet
Low-Fat, because fat cells store estrogen and provide a source for estrogen production after menopause.
Rich in fiber, because fiber seems to flush out excess estrogen.
Rich in anti-oxidents, which provide the tools to repair cellular damage.
*Exercise - Physical Activity promotes lean healthy bodies (with lower body fat) and boosts your immune system.
*Don't Smoke - Chemicals in smoke alter important tumor suppressor genes.
*Limit your alcohol intake. Alcohol leads to surges in your blood estrogen levels. More than two drinks a day can significantly increase your risk of developing breast cancer.

*Be diligent about early detection!

 




Even before you begin, remember that if you do find a change, the chances of the change indicating cancer are small. The important thing is to contact your doctor and have your breasts checked as soon as possible.

Be sure to perform all three parts of the exam each month, the best time to do your exam is:
  • 7-10 days after the start of your menstrual cycle, when your breasts are less tender.
  • For post-menopausal women, on the same day of each month.
  • For mothers who are breast-feeding, after nursing.
1. In front of the mirror
  • Face the mirror with your arms at your sides, and look at your breasts for lumps, dimples or other changes in appearance.
  • Repeast the procedure with your arms raised over your head.
  • Now, with your hands on your hips, and with your chest muscles tensed, look for lumps or changes.
  • finally, gently squeeze each nipple and check for discharge.
2. While showering
  • Put one hand behind your head.
  • Soap your other hand, press it firmly against your breast with your fingers held flat.
  • Make small circles from your nipple outward, feeling your entire breast and underarm area for lumps.
  • Then raise your other arm and examine your other breast.
 
3. While lying down
  • Lie on your back in a comfortable position.
  • Place a pillow under your left shoulder.
  • Examine your left breast with your right hand using the same procedure you used in the shower.
  • Now move the pillow under your right shoulder and examine your right breast.

 

Size of tumors found by mammography and breast self-exam

Average-size lump found by getting regular mammograms: 0.43 inches

Average-size lump found by first mammogram: 0.59 inches

Average-size lump found by women practicing regular BSE: 0.81 inches

Average-size lump found by accident: 1.40 inches
 
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