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Most women know that taking a few minutes to do a breast self-exam a minimum of once a month can make a huge difference! But, have you ever considered MEASURING your breasts as a BASELINE from which you can compare your future annual or bi-annual self-exams? In this novel approach, a plastic surgeon demonstrates what to measure and note so you can be more ANALYTICALLY aware of any changes down the line. NOTE: Nearly 70% of all survivors are found through self-exams and with early detection the 5-year survival rate is 98%. If you find a lump, schedule an appointment with your doctor, but don’t panic—8 out of 10 lumps are not cancerous. For additional peace of mind, call your doctor whenever you have concerns. Here’s a few Extra Tips, some of which come from the Susan G. Komen Foundation! 1. Know your risk • Talk to your family to learn about your family health history • Talk to your provider about your personal risk of breast cancer 2. Get screened • Ask your doctor which screening tests are right for you if you are at a higher risk • Have a mammogram every year starting at age 40 if you are at average risk • Have a clinical breast exam at least every 3 years starting at age 20, and every year starting at age 40 3. Know what is normal for you See your health care provider if you notice any of these breast changes: • Lump, hard knot or thickening inside the breast or underarm area • Swelling, warmth, redness or darkening of the breast • Change in the size or shape of the
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