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Take Care of Your Health: Pinky Swear!

Hopefully by now you've had your annual mammogram. If you haven't, call one of our two convenient locations listed at the right!

But it's not enough to get your annual mammogram - even though that's a great first step.

We also recommend that you do your monthly breast self-check. Checking your own breasts helps you become more familiar with the way they look and feel so you can tell your doctor if you notice changes.

Not sure how to do a breast self-exam? Here are instructions:

Step 1: Shower Check

Move your fingertips around your entire breast in a circular motion, moving from the outside to the center, checking your entire breast and armpit. Check for lumps, thickening, or hardened knots. Look for changes.

Step 2: Mirror Check

Look at your breasts in the mirror with your arms at your sides. Then, raise your arms high over your head.

Look for any changes in their shape, any swelling, or dimpling of the skin, or changes in the nipples. Next, rest your palms on your hips and press firmly to flex your chest muscles. Left and right breasts will not exactly match—few women's breasts do, so look for any dimpling, puckering, or changes, particularly on one side.

Step 3: Lying Down Check

When lying down, the breast tissue spreads out evenly along the chest wall. Place a pillow under your right shoulder and your right arm behind your head. Using your left hand, move the pads of your fingers around your right breast gently in small circular motions covering the entire breast area and armpit.

Use light, medium, and firm pressure. Squeeze the nipple; check for discharge and lumps. Repeat these steps for your left breast.