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Call to All: Regular Checks Save Lives

Mary Miller, Opinion Writer

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As Breast Cancer Awareness month is upon us, it is imperative to keep the conversations about breast health steadily flowing.

An important part of this is thoroughly discussing the topic of self-examinations.

While breast cancer is very rare among teenagers, that does not mean that it is ever too early to be aware of your breasts ‘typical’ feeling.

As a teenager, one’s breasts are still likely growing and changing which may account for inconsistencies in the feeling of one’s breasts.

Everyone, because even people without breasts can get breast cancer,  should begin self-examinations once they turn 18 and should perform one a month.

It is extremely important for those with periods to perform their self-examinations around the same time each month to prevent unnecessary anxieties due to differences in the breasts that can occur alongside menstruation.

Reasons to be worried after a self-examination would include:

pain in your breast that isn’t related to your period, a new lump, bump, or other change in your breast, a red, hot, or swollen breast, fluid or bloody discharge from your nipple, or a lump in your armpit or near your collarbone.

Early detection is vital to saving lives.

 

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