Breast Cancer: Do You Know What's Fact or Fiction?

How much do you know about breast cancer? Find out what's true and what's false (9 Photos)

Jill Provost on Oct 1, 2013 at 12:05AM

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Breast Cancer: Do You Know What's Fact or Fiction?

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Women Need Monthly Breast Self-Exam

Fiction. Since your first gynecologist appointment, you’ve dutifully felt yourself up in search of a lump. So, you may be surprised to learn that both the American Cancer Society (ACS) and the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) no longer advise women to search for lumps. Instead, they suggest you practice “breast awareness,” which means getting to know your bosom buddies as intimately as you can. Know how your breasts regularly look and feel and stay alert to changes you may notice (a good time to look is showering or getting dressed). Research suggests that a less formal inspection is a better clue to breast cancer than actively seeking out lumps, since even healthy tissue can sometimes be dense or bumpy.

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