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1.) How often should adult women do self breast exams?

Adult women should  do self breast exams once a month.

2.) What is the most important thing to consider during self breast exams?

It is important to become familiar with how your breasts look and feel in order to detect any abnormal changes as early as possible.

3.) What are the steps you should take if you notice a lump you didn’t feel before?

First you should check the other breast to see if you feel the  same lump on the other side. If the lump is only on one side you should  see  your doctor or nurse for further assessment.

4.) List four signs or symptoms of breast cancer that you might find during a self breast exam.

If you answered any four of the below to this question, you got this question right:

  • lump or swelling
  • skin irritation or dimpling
  • nipple retraction (turning inwards)
  • changes in the shape or size of the breast or nipple
  • change in the position of the nipple
  • redness, rash, or scaliness of the nipple or breast skin
  • discharge other than breast milk, or bleeding of the nipple
  • nipple pain or  pain in one of the breasts or the armpit

5.) List four genetic risk factors of breast cancer.

If you answered any four of the below to this question, you got this question right:

  • gender
  • genes
  • age
  • race
  • family history
  • breast tissue
  • menstrual history

6.) List four environmental risk factors of breast cancer.

If you answered any four of the below to this question, you got this question right:

  • physical activity
  • weight
  • alcohol consumption
  • having children
  • birth control
  • breastfeeding

7.) What are the names of the breast cancer stages?

The stages of breast cancer are stage 0, stage I, stage II, stage III, and stage IV.

8.) How many stages of breast cancer are considered terminal?

Only stage IV is considered terminal, so early detection really is life saving.

9.) When is breast cancer the most dangerous?

Breast cancer is the most dangerous when it has spread to distant organs and areas of the body. This is why it is important to catch early.

10.) Have you made a plan for how you will remember to do your monthly breast exam?

If you answered yes, congratulations and remember to stick with it.

If you answered no, your answer is incorrect. Make a plan, you can  find some on the self breast exam page, then try this question again. Think of all the people that love you and make sure you have a happy and healthy long life to enjoy together.

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