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Breast cancer is the leading cancer affecting women of all races in South Africa, with a lifetime risk of
1 in 27. The most significant benefit of breast health screening and in particular mammography, is
that it changes breast cancer from a deadly disease to a manageable condition.
Research has shown that a regular Breast Self-Examination (BSE), is an essential screening strategy
for discovering breast cancer, especially when used in combination with regular physical exams by a
doctor and mammography.
While not all breast lumps indicate cancer, they should be investigated, especially if accompanied by
other changes in breasts or the under arm area, such as lumps, texture changes, thickening,
dimpling, changes in shape or size of nipples or breasts, tenderness, discharge, rash or swelling, or
one breast suddenly being slightly larger than the other.