By Sabrina Short
Did you know that in 2015, it is estimated that among U.S. women, there will be 231,840 new cases of invasive breast cancer and 40,290 breast cancer deaths? Cancer awareness should begin way before a woman’s first mammogram. Typically, women are encouraged to begin self-examination by the age of 20. Even if you’ve never done a self-exam, a woman should always be aware of how their breasts normally look and feel. It is vital to report any new breast changes to a health professional as soon as they are found. Relax in knowing that finding a breast change does not necessarily mean there is a cancer. It is common knowledge that the earlier cancer is detected, the more likely that it can be treated successfully. The more you know about your own body, the better. Be proactive and take the time to learn how to give yourself a proper breast exam. Breastcancer.org recommends that all women “routinely perform breast self-exams as part of their overall breast cancer screening strategy.” According to the site, self-breast exams are useful and essential in the screening strategy, especially when used in combination with regular physical exams by a doctor and mammography. Always remember that awareness is empowering and can save a life.
Below is a video by healthcentral that demonstrates how to give yourself a self-breast exam. Ensure you stay informed with your body by performing an exam once every month.