Breast Cancer Cases and How to Do a Breast Self Exam [Infographic]

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Posted November 10, 2012 by Tiffany Weekes
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More Power To You: The Power to Detect Breast Cancer is Literally in Your Hands Breast Self-Examination is effective in determining 70% of breast abnormalities. 40% of diagnosed breast cancers are from women who felt a lump. Breast cancer feels like a hard rock in the breast 78% of the time.

3 Major Reasons You Should Examine Your Breasts If you drink alcohol, are overweight, or are physically inactive, you are at higher risk for developing breast cancer.

Tip: Instead of hitting happy hour, one hour of running can burn upwards of 400 calories If your mom had it, you could too: 20-30% of women who develop breast cancer have a family history of the disease. The older you are, the higher your risk is: 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer over the course of a lifetime, and your risk increases as you get older. While 0.44 percent of women are diagnosed with breast cancer by age 30 (1 in 227), 3.82 percent of women are diagnosed with it by the age of 70 (1 in 26).

Tip: Starting at age 40, it’s recommended that women get a yearly mammogram since the risk of breast cancer increases as you age.

Don’t skip out on this important ritual! How To Give Yourself a Breast Exam While there are several approaches to the self exam, our favorite method is in the shower. It’ll give you an excuse to put off shaving your legs for an extra few minutes! Put your hand behind your head to make sure the breast tissue is properly spread out Press gently while moving your fingers in a circular fashion, from the outside of the breast to the nipple Repeat on the other side Do it at least once a month (or more if you’re feeling really brave that day).

 

Source: http://www.locateadoc.com/article/breast-self-exam-and-cancer-facts