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Recently, the effectiveness of breast self exams (BSE) has come under fire.  The National Cancer Institute has said that BSE may not be effective in finding cancer early.  If a lump is produced, the cancer most likely has already spread throughout the breast and maybe in to the adjacent lymphatic tissue (the tumor is malignant).

They have recommended the following for women without a family history
 

  • Women in their 20’s and 30’s to receive  Clinical Breast Exam (CBE), that is one with your doctor, every 3 years.
  • Women over 40 should get a Mammogram and CBE every year as long as they are in good health.

 
With a family history, they have recommended that women should receive an MRI and Mammogram every single year.
 
Wow, that’s a lot of visits, radiation, and money.

 

However, it is well-known that Mammograms do not effectively detect every type of cancer.  They also pick-up cancers that might not spread (Ductal Carcinoma In-Situ or DCIS) – and cause unnecessary treatment – leading unnecessary treatment and further to health problems.  Is it possible to know what cancers will not spread, or will shrink?

The answer to that question is an emphatic no.

The New York Times published an article on February 11th that reported on a vast study of 90,000 women.  That study suggests that Mammography doesn’t increase survival in women in all stages of breast cancer.  Meaning, those who didn’t receive a mammogram and received only CBE (clinical breast exams) and/or BSE had similar survival rates to those women receiving Mammograms.

An interesting shift.

 

The Importance of BSE

I do think these findings point to the importance of BSE and CSE in the diagnosis of breast cancer.  Whatever you do about Mammograms, monthly BSE is critical for the following reasons…
 

  • Women learn what is normal for them – so you know if any changes take place.  Breast tissue is normally fibrous in many women.  If you find a hard nodule that does not move, you should get it checked out.

Some things to look for during your BSE

 

  • Even though some cancers do not produce lumps (specifically a very invasive and dangerous IBC or Invasive Breast Cancer) you will notice redness in the breast tissue or areola, abnormal discharge, dimpling, or itchiness.  It’s important to know what your breasts look and feel like under healthy conditions.
  • Make sure to check under your armpits, as there is breast tissue there.

 
Here are some more BSE tips.  If you find anything that is outside “normal” it’s very important to go to your doctor – even if it’s scary.

Here is a PDF Document on Understanding Breast Changes

I had an aunt, that discovered a lump under her arm, but didn’t go to the doctor.  When her friend made her go – the lump was approximately the size of a piece of fruit.  By that time, it was too late.

Early detection is key.

If you are willing to share your personal breast cancer story, or would like to share how you are involved in breast cancer awareness, enter the giveaway to for a chance to win $50 Gift Certificate from Kohl’s.

 

 


 

 

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  1. I don’t have a story, but I support breast cancer awareness by donating money to breast cancer charities

  2. Who doesn’t like a good giveaway! Breast cancer touches everyone. Thanks for the informatiuon and the reminders.
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  3. My aunt had it at a young age so I have to get checked every 6 months since I was 28

  4. A few years ago I lost a sweet and wonderful friend to breast cancer.

    janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

  5. I participate in local events and donate to help raise the awareness.

  6. Wild Orchid says:

    I participate in the race for the cure every year!

    Thanks for the chance to win!
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  7. I don’t know anyone affected by breast cancer, however I donate to the cause when I see local fundraisers to promote awareness/find the cure.

  8. Elizabeth Ray
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    I am an 11-year survivor of breast cancer. During a routine physical, my doctor said, “I normally would wait another year for your next mammogram, but I think I’d like you to get one now.” This was only my second mammogram. Well, it looked “iffy.” So more tests were done. And a few more. Yes, it was cancer. Very deep, so even when the doctor knew where it was, she could not feel the lump. If I’d waited until I could feel it, it would have been much worse. So, after a lumpectomy, chemo and radiation, all is well. I see my doctor as directed, I do my self exams and I NAG my frineds about their mammograms. I also participate in Relay for Life every year. (And I wear my Relay tshirts frequently, as a reminder to all who see me to get tested!

    • Elizabeth, i am curious as to why the doctor suggested that you get a mammogram? Did your breast look strange during the exam? It sounds like he couldn’t feel anything. Something must have alerted him? Or, did you get the mammogram before your routine physical – he saw the results from the mammogram and suggested you get another?

      Sorry, I am just trying to understand the train of events.

      After the iffy mammogram, did they do a biopsy?

      Thanks so much for your time and for stopping by to make others aware!

      Whatever the reason he suggested, it was good.
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  9. We donated money at work for a jeans day!

  10. David fultner says:

    Go pink power/

  11. Margaret Smith says:

    We had lost my wonderful Mother in Law a few years ago due to Breast Cancer. Our whole family supports fund raisers and we also remind friends and family to get check ups each year.

  12. Adrienne Gordon says:

    I did the Komen walk a couple years ago and raised $10,000

  13. Our family dentist passed away a few months ago from breast cancer and our neighbor is a breast cancer survivor. I’ve donated to breast cancer awareness walks.

  14. Rachel Cartucci says:

    My Grandmother who raised me died from breast cancer. I have breast fibroids so I already get checked for breast cancer every year. I have done walks for breast cancer in the past.

  15. amanda sakovitz says:

    I do the two day walk every year to contribute and raise awareness.

  16. Thomas Murphy says:

    I donate to breast cancer charities.

  17. I am an 8 year breast cancer survivor diagnosed when I was 38. I share my story to encourage others to do BSE’s and mammograms
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  18. Holly Storm-Burge says:

    Both my mother and grandmother had breast cancer, so I know it’s coming. I get mammograms every year and tell other women that they should too!

  19. I love buying products that support susan G Komen.

  20. I’m involved in Beast Cancer awareness by supporting, donating and buying Breast Cancer products!
    Thank You

  21. Brittney House says:

    We like to do breast cancer awareness walks and drives.

  22. marian boll says:

    My wonderful mother in law passed away from breast and brain cancer, will always miss her and regret she didn’t get to spend more time with my family.

  23. A few years ago i made a round of icons for others at a site where I chatted during October — so I actually knew many of these facts.
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  24. I get annual mammograms and try to remind all my friends and family to get theirs too.

  25. I need to make my first mammogram appointment now that I am 30 because even though I do not carry the BRCA I or II gene, I do have an increased risk due to family history
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  26. I get checked yearly. I have had to do a biopsy before. Everyone needs to get checked. IT could save your life
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  27. richelle bowers says:

    I don’t have a personal story. BUt my great aunt got it twice.

  28. Samantha Daleo
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    My aunt has battled (and won!) breast cancer twice now. I am lightly involved with awareness but could and should probably do more.

  29. Lauren Watson says:

    I donate when ever I can

  30. Mary Calabrese says:

    I try to buy pink products to support Breast Cancer awareness.

  31. Christine L. says:

    I believe that the pill leads to breast cancer in some women, so I am vocal about that belief.

  32. My grandma has had breast cancer twice and beaten it both times. We participate in any cancer fundraiser that we can. Thank you!

  33. Susan Christy
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    I have several friends that have suffered with breast cancer. I donate to Breast Cancer charities.

  34. Tabathia B says:

    Well we do the walk for breast cancer awareness fundraiser and we purchase pink products. We have a family history of cancer on my mothers side of the family and we are diligent in particpating in anything that raises money in the fight for a cure for cancer

  35. Sarah Hayes says:

    Ive know several ppl that have endured battles with Breat cancer. a couple of them lost their battle and it was truely heart breaking. I hope more awareness can be brought to this disease so that it can be better treated, prevented and cured one day

  36. Sarah Hayes says:

    I couldnt get the pin to show up for the pin it entry so I used the button at the bottom. I hope thats ok

  37. well I try and do the breast cancer walks every year but im currently working on encouraging and promoting breastfeeding for many reasons but one is that it reduces the risk and likelihood of breast cancer!!

  38. Susan Smith says:

    I don’t know anyone affected by breast cancer, however I do donate to the cause and buy pink products.

  39. Mia Dentice Carey
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    I have friends & family who are survivors….

  40. Thanks for sharing this information. Education is so important!
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  41. Kyl Neusch says:

    no one that I know

  42. My “Granny” died after a 3 year battle with breast cancer and a double masectomy last year. I contribute every time I have the chance, but money is so very tight for me, that often the only thing I can do is tell a friend and wear my pink ribbon.
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  43. I support it by participating in some 5k fund raisers every year for breast cancer awareness

  44. Belinda Shaw says:

    My grandmother had breast cancer in 1950 and survived. I was only 3 years old at the time and lived with my grandparents. She lived to be 80 years old and was always a survivor to me.

  45. I support cancer charities, and my grandmother passed from the disease.

  46. I’ve had many friends and family that have been affected.

  47. I don’t have any stories but I try to be aware of my breasts and encourage my family and friends to do the same

  48. I don’t know of anyone but I don’t get out much, and I donate to breast cancer charities

  49. My mom is a breast cancer survivor
    I get regular mammograms every year

  50. steven weber
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    The company I work for donates our services for the local breast cancer runs here in Milwaukee.

  51. Thank you for the reminders!
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  52. Peggy Rydzewski says:

    I have been blessed not to have breast cancer but I do a 10 mile walk.

  53. my aunt died of breast cancer so it really hits home for me. i make sure to get regular mammograms

  54. Karrie Millheim says:

    I participate in walks for raising funds for breast cancer

  55. susan smoaks says:

    my grandmother died of breast cancer.

  56. women should focus more on eating healthy and maintaining a good weight. the American diet is still poor and promotes illnesses and diseases.

  57. women should focus more on eating healthy and maintaining a good weight. prevention is better than cure.
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