October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. We all know someone who has been effected by Breast Cancer. According to the CDC, Breast Cancer is the second most common cancer among women in the United States. Regular and routine Breast Cancer screening is the best way for early detection and developing a treatment plan. Scroll down for my free printable reminder to do your monthly self breast exams.
Who should be screened annually for Breast Cancer?
Women ages 45 and older should get a mammogram every year. If you have a family history of breast cancer, you can talk to your provider about early screening before age 45.
All women should do monthly self breast exams to check for any changes in your breast tissue or appearance. If you notice any changes, tell your provider right away.
What are the symptoms of Breast Cancer?
- a change in size or outline of breasts, especially with arm movement.
- any puckering, dimpling or redness of skin.
- Any changes in your nipple, if it has become pulled in, changes shape, discharge, bleeding or if the skin has become dry or flaky.
- any lumps or swelling in your breast that feels different from the other.
- any lumps or swelling near your armpits or collarbone.
Monthly self breast exams
How to remember to do self breast exams
Monthly self breast exams are important for getting used to how your breasts normally look or feel. This will help you better recognize any changes if they occur.
I will admit, when it comes to doing monthly self breast exams, I don’t always remember (nurses make the worst patients). When I do perform my self breast exams, it’s usually in the shower. I had the idea to make a little shower card for myself to help me remember to regularly check my breasts. I printed this little graphic out, laminated it and hang it in my shower so that I see it every morning.
I’ve created a free printable so that you can have your own to remember to do your self breast exams!
And if you haven’t already, here is your reminder to have your annual check-up! Stay healthy ladies and save the ta-tas!
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