The Importance of Early Breast Cancer Detection
Breast cancer is the #1 reason why women die, that is why it is paramount that it is detected early. There are so many more treatment options when it is discovered in the early stages, before it moves to other areas.
Self-exams are the best way for you to know if something unusual is going on. No one knows your body better than you. During your breast self-exam, watch for any changes or unusual markings. There is a link to a site to order your own pamphlet to show you exactly how to do one and what to look for.
It has been proven that self-exams can show pre-cancer possibilities, and let you get to the physician before any harm is done. Our body gives us clues to what is going on, if we only listen.
By doing this breast self-exam every month, you will be more likely to notice changes more quickly. You should do a self-exam monthly if you:
- Have gone through menopause
- Are pregnant or breast feeding
- Have breast implants
Each time you feel them, check for changes. Look at them in the mirror with your arms up and at rest. Follow the instructions in the pamphlet every single month. Try to do the exam the same way so you will notice changes. The best time to do a breast self-exam is right after your monthly period. If you are beyond that time in your life schedule it on your calendar.
Breast cancer if detected early can be taken out and stopped. This is something that every woman should make a top priority. Once you have cancer is too late to start early detection, but if caught early enough, there are wonderful advances made every day.
See your doctor annually, practice breast self-exams monthly, and have a mammogram when your doctor suggests, at least once every two years if you fit the above parameters.
Early breast cancer detection is the best way for your family to have you around for a long time, and it is so easy to do.