One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. Starting in her 20s, every woman should get a clinical breast exam every three years, and, typically around age 40, every woman should begin receiving an annual mammogram. These tests are crucial in detecting the earliest stages of breast cancer. However, it’s also important that women get to know their breasts, so that they’re able to spot any changes that might be occurring in between exams. Take ten minutes every month after the end of your period to give yourself a breast exam:
Remember, most breast tissue has some thick tissue or benign lumps. However, if you notice anything that feels like a pea or a bean, or anything that seems unusual, talk to your doctor.