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Breast Cancer Awareness

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Posted on October 28, 2013

Since October is breast cancer awareness month, this is a good time to remind women to do monthly self breast examinations! Women should start performing self examinations in their twenties and should have their technique reviewed by health care professionals at checkups. The best time to perform the exams is when the breasts are not tender or swollen, such as right after your menses cycle.

Women should become familiar with their breasts and notify their health care provider if they notice any changes. If you do notice a lump, do not panic, about 80% of lumps are noncancerous. The following websites have good step-by-step instructions on how to perform the exams:

Remember, 40% of diagnosed breast cancers are detected by women who feel a lump, so become familiar with yours!

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