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Below are a few frequently asked questions from our campaign. And their answers.

Do mammograms hurt?

You will feel some pressure for a few seconds when your breast is pressed down, but, the pressure and any pain is temporary.  Read more 

Does a lump mean cancer?

About 85-90% of breast lumps are not cancerous. But if you find a lump don’t ignore it; get it checked out by your physician ASAP.  Read more.

Is breast cancer hereditary?

Having one first-degree relative (mom, sister or daughter) with breast cancer nearly doubles your risk of getting the disease. Yet nearly 85% of women diagnosed with breast cancer don’t have a relative with breast cancer.  Read more. 

Should I do a self-exam?

Yes, especially in your teens, 20s and 30s, before you start getting yearly mammograms. Read more.

Why is one larger?

Asymmetry is normal. Up to 90 percent of women have different sized breasts—whether they are subtly different or a whole cup size apart.  Read more.

Can I prevent breast cancer?

Although there is no sure-fire way to prevent breast cancer, a healthy, active lifestyle, early detection and prompt treatment offer you the best chances to beat the disease.  Read more.

Does nursing hurt?

Nursing shouldn’t be painful, but it may hurt if your baby isn’t latching on correctly. If you’re in pain, get help from a lactation consultant.  Read more.

Am I too young for a mammogram?

If you have a strong family history of premenopausal breast cancer, start getting yearly mammograms 10 years younger than the age at which your relative was diagnosed. Younger than 40, mammograms aren’t as effective because your breast tissue tends to be denser.  Read more.

What if I have breast implants?

You can and should get mammograms if you have implants. Experienced technicians can ensure that your mammograms are effective and accurate.  Read more.