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The Komen Mission:
To eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease by advancing research, education, screening, and treatment.

Breast Health

THREE STEP APPROACH TO BREAST CANCER EARLY DETECTION

1. Breast Self Examination (BSE)

Q. When should I do a breast self-examination?
A. Monthly breast self-examinations should begin at age 20. Women should examine their breasts when they are least tender, usually seven days after the start of the menstrual period. Women who have entered menopause, are pregnant, breast-feeding, or who have implants, should continue to examine their breasts once a month. Women who are breast feeding should examine their breasts when all milk has been expressed.

If a woman discovers a lump or detects changes in her breast such as dimpling skin, nipple discharge, etc., she should seek medical attention. Although 80% of breast lumps are not cancer, early detection offers the best chance of survival and a better quality of life.

1. Once a Month
   
• look for changes in the mirror
• use your finger pads
• go up and down in rows
• check under your armpit, too
 
     
  Look & Feel for . . .
• dimpling
• lumps
• thickness
• other changes