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CHECK YOURSELF OUT

FACT: 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. The good news is when detected early, the five-year survival rate is greater than 92%.

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, MOXIE challenges you (and ourselves) to begin performing at-home breast exam monthly. Don’t know how? We’ve got you covered.

From the National Breast Cancer Foundation, use the following methods to give yourself a proper exam:

In the Shower 
Using the pads of your fingers, move around your entire breast in a circular pattern moving from the outside to the center, checking the entire breast and armpit area. Check both breasts each month feeling for any lump, thickening, or hardened knot. Notice any changes and get lumps evaluated by your healthcare provider.

In Front of a Mirror
Visually inspect your breasts with your arms at your sides. Next, raise your arms high overhead.

Look for any changes in the contour, any swelling, or dimpling of the skin, or changes in the nipples. Next, rest your palms on your hips and press firmly to flex your chest muscles. Left and right breasts will not exactly match—few women’s breasts do, so look for any dimpling, puckering, or changes, particularly on one side.

Lying Down
When lying down, the breast tissue spreads out evenly along the chest wall. Place a pillow under your right shoulder and your right arm behind your head. Using your left hand, move the pads of your fingers around your right breast gently in small circular motions covering the entire breast area and armpit.

Use light, medium, and firm pressure. Squeeze the nipple; check for discharge and lumps. Repeat these steps for your left breast.

 

MOXIE cares about your health and wants you to check yourself out! Let’s all commit to taking care of ourselves and each other not only this October but everyday.

Ready to commit? Text PINK to 59227 to sign up for Breast Health Reminders each month.