- Do a breast self exam every month. This includes not only feeling for lumps, but doing the "mirror test," which is where you look in a mirror, raise your arms and look at your breasts to ensure there are no unusual flags, such as dimpling, puckering, inverted nipples, etc. It was the mirror test that saved my life.
- If you find something unusual, even if you don't think it's a big deal, get it checked out as soon as possible. It's better to have it checked out and it be nothing than not to check it out at all.
- Fire any doctor who tells you that you are too young, too old, to nice, etc. for cancer. They are not taking your concerns seriously.
- After a mammogram, ask the technician and the radiologist if your breast tissue is dense. If the answer is "yes," then it's most likely difficult to see any possible abnormalities. Go to your primary care physician, or your gateway doctor, to get an order for an MRI or ultrasound.
- Eat right and exercise. Healthy living really doesn't prevent cancer, but it does help promote good mental and physical health. And that's always a good thing.
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