Breast Health: Answers About Breast Cancer Risk, Prevention, & Diagnosis

Breast Cancer Risk, Prevention, & Diagnosis

Eighty percent of breast lumps are discovered by women themselves and not by their healthcare providers. Lumps are the most common breast change discovered either with breast self-examination or with mammography. Fewer than one-third of women regularly practice breast self-examination. The fear of finding something abnormal is the biggest reason many women resist establishing a routine for examining their breasts every month. But, three out of four breast lumps found are benign and do not increase a woman's chance of developing cancer later in life. When an abnormality is found to be cancerous, early detection greatly improves a woman's chance of survival.

The September/October issue of the National Women's Health Report answers every woman's questions about breast self-examinations: "What does a normal breast feel like?" "What happens if I discover a lump?" "What are the most common breast symptoms I might notice during my monthly breast exam?"

Also included in this issue: A questionnaire on What to Ask Your Surgeon, Ask The Expert column: Once Cancer is Diagnosed, How Quickly Must A Woman Decide About Treatment? And Family and Friends through Breast Cancer Diagnosis, Treatment and Recovery.

The September/October issue of the National Women's Health Report, published by the National Women's Health Resource Center (NWHRC), Washington, D.C., is a special 12-page comprehensive review of breast health in recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October.

Single copies for consumers are $5.00/prepaid. Membership to the NWHRC is $15.00/student; $25.00/individual; and $75.00 organization, and includes a subscription to the Health Report, as well as discounts on other women's health information. Bulk rates for the Health Report are available. The NWHRC is the national clearinghouse for women's health information.

For a copy of Breast Health, send $5.00 to the: National Women's Health Resource Center (NWHRC), 2440 M St. NW, #325, Washington DC 20037 USA For more information about NWHRC, write to the preceding address or call (202) 293-2048, FAX: (202) 293-7256.

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