October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

Gabrielle Union joins in to show her support.

Halle Berry marches with members of Delta Sigma Theta Inc.

ABC’s Robin Roberts is a survivor..

Richard Roundtree is a breast cancer survivor…yes, men get breast cancer also.

Queen La walking to support..

Breast Self Examination

Early detection is our best weapon in the fight against breast cancer. Remember to do your Breast Self Exam every month.
Following is a guide to performing a Breast Self Exam (BSE). For an interactive BSE how-to, visit www.komen.org/bse. This online tool provides BSE instruction through animation, audio clips and text in both English and Spanish.
Just as your period ends (or at the same time each month if you do not have periods), check for any change in the normal look or feel of your breasts. Report any changes to your doctor or nurse. Go for regular breast exams and ask about a mammogram.
Step One: Lying DownFeel for a hard lump, thickening or any change in your breast tissue.
Lie down on your back with a pillow under your right shoulder
Use the pads of the three middle fingers on your left hand to examine your right breast
Press using light, medium and firm pressure in a circular motion
Follow an up and down pattern
Feel for changes in your breast, above and below your collarbone and in your armpit area
Repeat on your left breast
The steps may be repeated while bathing or showering using soapy hands.
Step Two: In Front of the Mirror
Look for changes in the shape, size or appearance of your breasts. Look for dimpling, rash or puckering of the skin or nipple, nipple discharge or any change from normal. Inspect your breasts in four steps:
Holding arms at sides
Holding arms overhead
Pressing hands on hips to tighten chest muscles
Bending forward with hands on hips
For more information about breast health or breast cancer, please call the Komen National Toll-Free Breast Care Helpline (1.877.GO KOMEN) or visit http://www.komen.org/. Komen does not provide medical advice.Download a PDF of the Breast Self Exam (English and Spanish).

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