Early detection is key in the fight against breast cancer

When it comes to breast cancer, you’ll have more treatment options and a better chance of survival if it’s found early. No one knows your body better than you, and that’s why it’s important for you to know what’s normal for you, so you’ll recognize any changes quickly.

Learn how to do a monthly self-test at home

It's recommended you perform a breast self-exam every month. The best time for this is after your menstrual cycle ends, when lumps would be easier to feel. 

While performing your breast self-exam, be on the lookout for anything abnormal, such as: 

  • A lump that doesn’t go away after your period or feels like a rock in your breast tissue
  • Skin changes on the breast
  • Nipple discharge or inversion

What to do if you find a lump

If you notice anything abnormal, it’s important to see your primary care physician or gynecologist right away. Your doctor can also help with other questions or concerns you have about your breast health. 

Rest assured, if you do need further care, HonorHealth has a team of breast cancer specialists ready to map out your customized treatment plan. 

Early detection is key

In addition to monthly breast self-exams, it’s recommended that all women get a clinical breast exam at their doctor’s office at least every three years, or yearly after age 40. You should also get a baseline mammogram between ages 40 and 49. Talk to your doctor to determine the best schedule for your screenings, which may vary based on your family medical history or any other increased risk factors. 

Please note: If you’ve received a COVID-19 vaccine, the Society of Breast Imaging recommends that you wait four to six weeks after vaccination before scheduling your mammogram.

Learn more or schedule an appointment

For more information about breast health or to schedule your annual breast exam, visit the HonorHealth Breast Health and Research Center, or call 623-580-5800.

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