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Breast Self-Awareness

Screening methods for early detection of breast cancer include breast examination by a clinician, ultrasound, and mammography.

The exact combination of screening methods that works best is a matter of debate and the appropriate scheduling will vary from woman to woman based on individual and family history.

Previously, women were encouraged to perform a Breast Self-Examination, a combination of visual inspection and thorough palpation of the breasts, as part of a screening regimen. In recent years, medical recommendations in this area have evolved to encourage Breast Self-Awareness.

Breast Self-Awareness entails being aware on an ongoing basis of how one’s breasts normally look and feel. If a woman notices a change, like a lump or swelling, skin irritation, or strange discharge, she should be in touch with her healthcare provider. One should keep in mind that breast changes are fairly common during pregnancy and breastfeeding, and most lumps are benign.

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