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Breast Self-Awareness

Know Your Risk:

  1. Talk to your family to learn about your family health history
  2. Talk to a doctor about your personal risk of breast cancer

Get Screened:

  1. Ask your doctor which screening tests are right for you if you are at a higher risk
  2. Have annual mammograms starting at age 40 if you are at average risk
  3. Have a clinical breast exam at least every 3 years starting at 20 and every year starting at 40

Know what is normal for you

  1. See your health care provider right away if you notice any of these breast changes:
    1. Lump, hard knot or thickening
    2. Swelling, warmth, redness or darkening
    3. Change in the size or shape of the breast
    4. Dimpling or puckering of the skin
    5. Itchy, scaly sore or rash on the nipple
    6. Pulling in your nipple or other parts
    7. Nipple discharge that starts suddenly
    8. New pain in one spot that does not go away

Make Healthy Lifestyle Choices

  1. Maintain exercise into your routine
    1. Add exercise into your routine
    2. Limit alcohol intake

If you need to follow up with a breast specialists, you may contact Saint Thomas Breast Specialists at: 615.396.6800 for Murfreesboro or 615.284.5887 for Nashville and Franklin or visit:

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