. Breast Cancer Awareness Month - New Orleans Musicians' Clinic

October 23, 2018

Breast Cancer Awareness Month


Take care of yourself with early detection!

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a great time to get screened and to remind your loved ones about the importance of taking care of themselves.Did you know that about 1 in 8 women in the United States will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime? This year alone, it’s estimated that 266,120 will be diagnosed along with 63,960 new cases of non-invasive breast cancer. Tragically, more than 40,000 will lose their battle in 2018.

It’s not just women, either. Approximately 2,550 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in men this year, also — this is something we should all care about.

Reduce your risk by making healthy lifestyle choices and being vigilant about breast cancer detection. Know your normal and practice early detection with our three step plan:

Step 1: Regular Breast Self Exams
Self exams should be performed monthly around the same day. Note any changes or abnormalities.

Step 2: Clinical Exam
Make an appointment at the NOMC or visit 504HealthNet.org for a list of community clinics

Step 3: Schedule A Mammogram
Ask your doctor when to begin mammograms and other screenings based on your personal history


Tips for Self Exam: 

In Front Of A Mirror

Start with your hands down at your sides. Look at both of your breasts to note any changes in size or shape. Also check the color and texture of your skin. Repeat these steps with your arms in the air. Then, repeat the steps while pushing down on your hips to tighten your chest muscles. Finally, examine your breasts while bending at your waist with your hands on your hips. This will allow you to check for any dimpling on the skin. 

Lying Down

Place a pillow under your right shoulder and raise your arm above or behind your head. Carefully inspect your right breast with the pads of the three middle fingers on your left hand, using a small, circular motion in an up and down pattern. Apply different amounts of pressure to each area of the breast. Make sure to check all areas where breast tissue may be found – from the armpit to the breastbone and from the collarbone to the bra line. Make sure you do not lift your fingers away from the skin at any time during the exercise. When you finish, lower your right arm and examine your right armpit. Repeat the steps on the left breast. 

Be sure to check the underarms, the nipples and the areas above and between your breasts. 


Self exams should be performed monthly around the same day. Note any changes or abnormalities. Know what your normal is! 

(Information provided in partnership with the Cancer Association of Greater New Orleans)

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