It wasn’t until a doctor recommended a sonogram to explore a questionable lump that I understood the importance of regular self breast examinations.
Breast cancer was only something I thought about in October when pink ribbons begin to make their way into every storefront. There’s a symbolic sisterhood around this disease for which I feel connected to on the basis of being a woman. And yet, I like many women, I do not understand or perform routine self breast examinations.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, the proverb goes. There are options for screening and early detection, like regularly scheduled doctor appointments and annual mammographies, but none are as easy and immediate as the self breast examination. No one knows our body like we do.
If you don’t have a monitoring practice, begin today with this simple step-by-step guide for performing and scheduling routine self breast examinations.
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