Self-Empowerment

Today’s women work harder and play harder than any other generation. We also are more empowered to take responsibility. When it comes to our health, we are our own best advocates! It’s important to take time out for your own needs, especially your health care.

One way women can ensure good health is to commit to routine screening exams, such as mammograms and bone-density testing, as recommended by your doctor. Regular screening for breast cancer can save your life.

We Can Help

North Canyon Medical Center can help you begin and continue the good habit of breast exams and annual mammograms. Our staff will discuss with you the importance of breast health care and teach you how to properly perform important self-exams. They will also explain breast imaging and diagnostics, and work with you on any personal concerns regarding your breast condition.

Steps to Early Detection

Breast health begins with knowing the steps to early detection of breast cancer.

Breast Self-Examination (BSE)

  • Beginning in the late teens, become familiar with your breasts with periodic BSE’s
  • 20 and over, a monthly BSE is recommended

Clinical Breast Exam (CBE)
– by a trained medical professional

  • Under 40, every 1-3 years
  • 40 and over, yearly

Mammogram
– at a certified facility, like NCMC

  • Under 40, if directed by provider
  • 40 and over, yearly (See Mammography)

Increased Risks

There is an increased risk of breast cancer if you:

  • Have close relatives (sister, mother, grandmother, aunt) with breast cancer
  • Are obese
  • Drink alcohol excessively

Performing a Breast Self-Examination

Women of all ages should perform monthly breast self-examinations. Start now and begin a lifetime habit of self exams. You will be more familiar with your breast tissue and be able to quickly note any changes.

Lying Down

  • First, place a pillow under your right shoulder.
  • Next, put your right hand under your head.
  • Check your entire right breast area with the pads of the fingers of your left hand.
  • Use small circles to feel all around your breast, then feel up-and-down.
  • Use light, medium, and firm pressure over each area of your breast.
  • Gently squeeze the nipple to check for any discharge.

Switch arms and repeat these steps on your left breast.

Before a Mirror

  • Check for any changes in the shape or look of your breasts.
  • Note any skin or nipple changes such as dimpling or discharge.
  • Look at your breasts in four steps:
    • Arms at sides
    • Arms overhead
    • Hands on hips, pressing to flex chest muscles
    • Bending forward

Symptoms of breast disease

See your health care provider right away if you experience any of the following:

  • A new, hard lump or thickening in any part of your breast.
  • Change in breast size or shape.
  • Swelling, redness, or warmth that does not go away.
  • Pain in one spot that does not vary with your monthly menstrual cycle.
  • Pulling in (inversion) of the nipple.
  • Discharge from your nipple that starts suddenly in one breast.

Mammography plays an important role in diagnosis, because these symptoms do not necessarily mean you have breast cancer.

Average Size of Tumors Found

Lump 1

Average-size lump found by getting a regular mammogram.

Lump 2

Average-size lump found by first mammogram.

Lump 3

Average-size lump found by women practicing regular breast self-examinations.

Lump 4

Average-size lump found by women practicing occasional breast self-examinations.

Lump 5

Average-size lump found by women untrained in breast self-examination.

Early detection

With heightened awareness and recent advancements in technology, we are seeing an increase in the number of women diagnosed early with breast cancer. The good news is, thanks to early detection, these women are more likely than ever before to survive their disease. Start a lifetime health habit today by calling North Canyon Medical Center and scheduling your screening mammogram.

Join us in the fight against breast cancer!

  • Start your Steps to Early Detection.
  • Show you care; pass this information on to other women in your life.
  • Educate other women in your life about the importance of early detection through breast self-exams, clinical breast exams, and mammograms.