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Annual screening mammograms play a very critical role in early breast cancer detection. In addition to annual screenings, there are multiple ways to proactively check in on your breast health.

Perform a monthly self-breast exam

In the Shower

With the pads of your 3 middle fingers, press down on the entire breast and armpit with light, medium, and firm pressure. Feel for any lumps, thickening, hardened knots, or any other breast changes.

In Front of a Mirror

Visually inspect your breasts with your arms at your sides and then with your arm’s high overhead. Look for any changes in the contour, swelling, skin dimpling, or changes in the nipples. Next, rest your palms on your hips and press firmly to flex your chest muscles. Look for any dimpling, puckering, or changes, particularly on one side.

Lying Down

Place a pillow under your right shoulder and place your right arm behind your head. Using your left hand, press down on the entire right breast and armpit with light, medium and firm pressure. Squeeze the nipple; check for discharge and lumps. Repeat these steps for your left breast.

Listen to your body

When performing your monthly self-breast exams, do not ignore any abnormalities detected. Please reach out to your medical provider to make sure these symptoms do not require further examination. Early detection is the best protection.

Visit your Primary Care Physician on a regular basis

It is important to check-in with your primary care physician or OBGYN on a regular basis to ask questions and make sure you are up to date on your preventative medical care.

Know your family history

Women with the following family history are considered “high-risk” and may be considered for a mammogram earlier than the age of 39.

  • Patients with a known gene mutation, BRCA1 or BRCA2 (based on genetic testing)

  • Those with a first-degree relative (parent, brother, sister, or child) with a BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation, and have not had genetic testing themselves

  • Have received radiation therapy to the chest/thorax when they were between the ages of 10 and 30

  • You, or a first-degree relative, have Li-Fraumeni syndrome (LFS), Cowden syndrome, or Bannayan-Riley-Ruvalcaba syndrome (BRRS)

We want you to remember that your annual screening mammogram is more than just another task on your to-do list. Screening mammograms are crucial in detecting cancer at an early stage, increasing the chances of a more favorable long-term outcome. Please try to incorporate some of the tips we shared above into your personal routine and take the time to schedule your annual screening mammogram.