Early detection of breast cancer is important to improve survival rates as well as the quality of life of the cancer survivor. 90% of women diagnosed at the early stages of breast cancer survive for 5 years compared to 15% of women who are diagnosed at a later stage. Early detection of breast cancer is a trifecta of breast self-awareness, well-woman exam, and mammograms. While we’ll give you more details regarding having better breast awareness and mammograms over this month, a well woman exam is an annual check-up by your family physician or gynecologist. This exam will give you an opportunity to discuss your concerns regarding your breast health with a doctor.
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