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Gai knows just how important early detection is when it comes to breast cancer. She is sure that if she hadn't been checking her own breasts every month, she wouldn't be here today.
Gai checks her breasts in the shower every month. But when she first noticed a lump, she didn't do anything about it. WHY? Because she thought "It'll be fine" and then day-to-day life took over and the days turned into weeks.
When Gai finally made the time to see her doctor, it was almost too late. Her doctor was concerned by Gai's diagnosis. Gai now encourages all women to check their breasts every month and see a doctor straight away if you notice any changes.
"We need to put ourselves and our health first."
Young women also face a higher possibility of the cancer spreading to other parts of the body, as well as the cancer returning. And young women are more likely to have a more aggressive breast cancer than older women.
All these factors mean that it is especially important for young women to get into the habit of performing monthly self-exams.
What you should be looking for
Where to check on your body
The four steps you should be following every month.
It's important to be aware that finding a lump doesn't mean that you have cancer. Most lumps are harmless. So, don't panic, but do make an appointment with your doctor for further evaluation.