Buddy Check 5

Buddy Check 5

Cheyenne Women's Imaging Pavilion, CBS News Channel 5 and Cheyenne Radiology Group, in cooperation with the American Cancer Society and the Susan G. Komen Cancer Foundation, have all teamed up to bring you Buddy Check 5 – a program designed to help remind you and your buddy to do monthly self examinations as a means of preventing breast disease in its early stages.

Please do a breast self-examination on the 5th of every month, and then call and remind your buddy to do the same. You could save each other's lives by following this simple program. Hundreds of women already have. Please note that the information provided here is not to be used for self-diagnosing or to replace the services of a medical professional. Please consult with your doctor.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) Am I at risk for breast cancer?

All people are at risk for breast cancer, however the risk for women is much higher than for men. Being a woman is the number one risk factor for breast cancer and your risk increases as you get older. Although breast cancer is more common for women after the age of 40, young women can also develop the disease.

I exercise and eat right. Am I at risk for breast cancer?

Again, breast cancer can strike in anyone, however leading a healthy lifestyle with a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, maintaining a good exercise program and avoiding tobacco products may reduce your risk. Please check with your doctor for other ways of reducing your own risk factors. My mother had breast cancer a few years ago. Does that mean that I will get breast cancer too? Although having a family history of breast disease is seen as an increased risk factor for developing breast cancer, most women who get breast cancer have no family history of the disease. If you are concerned about your risk factors because of a family history of cancer, please check with your doctor.

Steps To Breast Self-Examination

At least once per month (on the 5th or just as your period ends) check for any change in the normal look or feel of your breasts. Report any changes to your doctor or nurse. Go for regular breast exams and ask about a mammogram.

Step 1: Lying down
  • Feel for a hard lump, thickening or any change in your breast tissue
  • Lie down on your back with a pillow under your right shoulder
  • Use the pads of the three middle fingers on your left hand to examine your right breast
  • Press using light, medium and firm pressure in a circular motion
  • Follow an up and down pattern
  • Feel for changes in your breast, above and below your collarbone and in your armpit area
  • Repeat on your left breast.
  • These steps may be repeated while bathing or showering using soapy hands.
Step 2: In front of the mirror

Look for changes in the shape, size, or appearance of your breasts. Look for dimpling, rash, or puckering of the skin or nipple, nipple discharge, or any change from normal. Inspect your breasts in four steps:

  • Holding arms at sides
  • Holding arms overhead
  • Pressing hands on hips to tighten chest muscles
  • Bending forward with hands on hips
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