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Breast Cancer Awareness 2015

Dalton Daily CItizen, Dalton Magazine

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14 Breast Cancer Awareness 2015 9. Feel around "Every month you should be performing a breast self- exam in the shower to see if you feel something different," Serrano-Ojeda says. If you're over the age of 40, you should also schedule an annual mammogram. "While there is a lot of controversy, most health- care providers believe that a mammography detects early breast cancer," Graham says. "It's not perfect, but it's a good screening tool for someone of average risk. There is some discomfort with mammograms but there are some changes being make it a more comfortable experience. 10. Wash It Out Wash that cancer right out of your hair? Well, not exactly, but Serrano-Ojeda says that shampoos that contain parabens such as sulfate could possibly increase your risk for breast cancer. Parabens are a group of compounds widely used as antimicrobial preservatives in food, pharmaceutical and cosmetics products, including deodorant. They are absorbed through the skin and the gastrointestinal tract. According to the Federal Drug Administration, a study published in 2004 detected parabens in breast tumors, but the study left several questions unanswered. Simple changes will not eliminate your risk for breast cancer, but it could give you a fighting chance. For more information on breast cancer, visit Susan G Komen Foundation at or the National Breast Cancer Foundation at www.nationalbreastcancer.o rg. © CTW Features

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