Friday, September 19, 2008

Self Breast Exam Reminder

When you're young, breast cancer is probably the furthest thing from your mind. However, it shouldn’t be. Although breast cancer in young women is significantly less common among those from 20 to 39, it does happen. Don’t believe it won’t happen to you, I was diagnosed with breast cancer at 38 while pregnant with our sixth child. Finding time to incorporate breast self exam into your monthly schedule is easy when you realize just how important it is. Since my birthday in on the 19th of the month I have chosen to do my exams on the 19th of every month and I will remind my readers to do their exams your's too.
  1. Except for certain types of skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common form of cancer diagnosed in women of all ages. Although the most confirmed and noteworthy risk factors for developing breast cancer are gender and growing older.

  2. Younger women diagnosed with breast cancer often experience a more aggressive cancer and a lower chance of survival. This fact alone is enough to make early detection and breast self exam crucial for younger women.

  3. Generally, screening mammograms are recommended at age 40. Sadly, this occasionally results in younger women not being diagnosed with breast cancer until the cancer is in a later stage, and can lower their chance of survival.

  4. Because breast tissue isn't as thick when you're younger it can make diagnosis of breast cancer difficult. For this reason young women should begin monthly breast self exam at age 20, so that you can become familiar with how your breasts look and how they feel, thereby making it easier for you to notice any changes in your breasts.

  5. Because the lifetime risk of breast cancer is one in seven for American women, establishing good breast health practices while you are still young can reduce your chance of getting breast cancer at a later stage.
Remember, anytime you see or feel any kind of change in your breast(s) you should see your health-care provider. Only a qualified medical professional can definitively diagnose the cause of breast issues. Breast changes don't always mean breast cancer, but they do mean you should see your doctor.

Click HERE for instructions on how to perform a self breast-exam.

More information about breast cancer and young women is available at the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation website. Source: Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation
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  1. Thanks for the reminder! When I see my practitioner once a year and she asks me if I'm doing my breast exams, sometimes I roll my eyes because I haven't been doing them.

    I will be 38 this fall! My birhtday's on a 31st which means I have to pick another day to do them since it's only about every other month we have 31 days... There are some days during my cycle that I cannot check due to it's hard to schedule ONE day...

    But thanks!

  2. I just had my mammogram and all is clear. I will continue to self-check every month though. Thanks for the reminder!!

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  3. I read a article in a magazine this morning whose author could have been you! We'd just talked about your breast cancer story and in just talking to you from day to day, you've said so many of the things that this woman said and experienced. I feel like I got to know you a little better through reading her story. Now I know that everyone's experience is totally different, but I have a better appreciation for what you went through!

  4. Thanks for stopping by my blog! You are welcome anytime!! This is a great post BTW!! Great reminders and info!! Blessings!!


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