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Ask a Nurse Practitioner: Self-exams, lifestyle help reduce breast cancer risks

9:20 PM, Sep. 16, 2013
Jennifer Ladwig
Jennifer Ladwig
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Q: My sister was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. Is there anything I can do to prevent this disease?

A: The National Breast Cancer Foundation encourages adult women of all ages to perform breast self-exams at least once a month. It's estimated that about 40 percent of diagnosed breast cancers are detected by women who feel a lump, so establishing a regular breast self-exam routine is important.

While mammograms help detect cancer before you can feel a lump, breast self-exams help women become familiar with how their breasts look and feel, so they can alert their healthcare provider if ...

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