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The importance of early detection

Did you know that about one in eight women in the United States (12 percent) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime?  Or that 70-80 percent of those breast cancers occur in women with no family history? Most breast cancers occur as a result of the aging process and life in general, rather than inherited mutations. Found in its early stages, the majority of breast cancers can be treated successfully. Therefore, it is vital that ALL women take the time to ensure that they are doing all they can to screen for this common cancer.

One simple thing that all women can do is a regular breast self exam (read here for five steps of breast self exam). Though breast self exams aren’t guaranteed to find breast cancer, their benefit comes in the fact that doing them regularly will let a women know what her breasts normally look and feel like. This knowledge will make a women more likely to notice if a change ever occurs in their breasts. Some of these changes are: Continue Reading »

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