Can I ask you 4 questions?
1. Do you know the 12 symptoms of breast cancer?
2. Do you know what to feel for in a self-exam?
While a lump is the most common sign of breast cancer, some symptoms can be seen rather than felt. Either way, a mammogram can detect a lump long before it can be felt. Know yourself and keep your regular mammogram appointments.
For a description of each of the symptoms, go here.
Think of a self-exam as a casual way to know what is normal for you. Best time to check is at the end of your period when things are most normal. A cancerous lump feels different from a normal lump: it's often hard and immovable and can be any shape or size (like a lump or a thick mass).
3. Do you know when to get a mammogram?
Whether you are investigating a symptom or going for routine screening it's good to know what to expect. If something concerns you and you're wanting an answer, the only way to verify cancer is to see the cells, such as through a biopsy.
4. Are you normal or high risk?
Knowing this helps you understand how often you need to be screened.
Print and use this as a conversation starter next time you are at the doctor.
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