National Campaign for Breast Cancer Awareness
Reassuring Words before Starting
Before you start: Reassuring Words
Monitoring your health is not a sign of excessive concern, but, rather, an indication of your intelligence.
Following the right steps to good breast health is a step that must still be taken, just like visiting the dentist, wearing sunglasses, eating healthy food, etc.
Breast examination should be done once a month, a few days after the end of the menstrual cycle. If you do not have a menstrual period, BSE should be done on the same day of every month.
check your breasts by viewing and touching, following the testing steps as mentioned in this website:
Remember, this is why it is important to get to know the form of your breasts so that you can easily notice when something is not quite right.
 
Few facts you should keep in mind:
  • Over 80% of all breast lumps are not cancer.
  • About 90% of women who catch breast cancer early survive.
  • Initial treatment in breast cancer might include surgical intervention, be it mastectomy or the excision of lymph nodes without removal of the breast.
Steps to Preserve Breast Health:
Like most cancers, the risk of developing breast cancer increases as women get older, but this does not mean that young women should forget about their breast health.
In case you are/over 50 years old:
  • Conduct monthly breast self-examination.
  • An annual breast examination by your physician or a qualified health care practitioner.
  • Undergo mammography screening once every 1-2 years.

In case you are/over 40 years old:

  • Conduct monthly breast self-examination.
  • An annual breast examination by your physician or a qualified health care practitioner.
  • Undergo mammography screening once every 2 years.

In case you are/over 20 years old:

  • Do monthly breast self-examination.
  • Undergo a clinical breast examination by your healthcare provider at least every three years.
 
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