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Breast Self-Awareness Messages

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Click here to watch Breast Self-Awareness Interactive Video (ENGLISH)  

Click here to watch Breast Self-Awareness Interactive Video (SPANISH)
 

Except for skin cancers, breast cancer is the most common cancer in women, but it can be successfully treated. Screening tests can find cancer early, when chances for survival are highest.

1. Know your risk  

  • Talk to both sides of your family to learn about your family health history  
  • Talk to your provider about your personal risk of breast cancer

2. Get screened 

  • Talk with your doctor about which screening tests are right for you if you are at a higher risk  
  • Have a mammogram every year starting at age 40 if you are at average risk
  • Have a clinical breast exam at least every 3 years starting at age 20, and every year starting at age 40
  • Sign up for your screening reminder at www.komen.org/reminder 

3. Know what is normal for you
See your health care provider if you notice any of these breast changes:

  • Lump, hard knot or thickening inside the breast or underarm area
  • Swelling, warmth, redness or darkening of the breast
  • Change in the size or shape of the breast
  • Dimpling or puckering of the skin
  • Itchy, scaly sore or rash on the nipple
  • Pulling in of your nipple or other parts of the breast
  • Nipple discharge that starts suddenly
  • New pain in one spot that doesn't go away

To see illustrations of these warnings signs please visit the Breast Facts section.  

 4. Make healthy lifestyle choices 

Breast Cancer: Your Guide to Breast Self-Awareness DVD in English, Spanish, Arabic and Hindi

This DVD contains eight videos.  Each video listed below highlight the four topics of breast self-awareness – know your risk, get screened, know what is normal for you and make healthy lifestyle choices.  They also include illustrations that represent the eight warning signs of breast cancer that should be reported to a health care provider. These messages can be used to increase awareness and empower people to take action. They also recap the history of Susan G. Komen® and the impact Komen has made since its inception.  

Each language has a subtitle option. This DVD is available for purchase on www.shopkomen.com. Item number KOMEED202000. 

Click here to watch in English  (English with subtitles) 

Click here to watch in Spanish  (Spanish with subtitles) 

Click here to watch in Arabic  (Arabic with subtitles) 

Click here to watch in Hindi  (Hindi with subtitles) 

These videos can also be found on our Translated Komen Educational Materials page 

Breast Cancer: Your Guide to Breast Self-Awareness Video in American Sign Language

View our new DVD, Breast Cancer: Your Guide to Breast Self-Awareness in American Sign Language (ASL). This DVD contains six videos. One highlights the four key messages of breast self-awareness: know your risk of breast cancer, get screened, know what is normal for you and make healthy lifestyle choices. In the breast self-awareness video, there are specific action items associated with each message to help you take charge of your health. Illustrations that represent the eight warning signs of breast cancer that should be reported to a health care provider are also included. This video also recaps the history of Susan G. Komen® and the impact Komen has made since its inception.

Additionally, "A Survivor's Story" is included on this DVD. This series consists of five short supplemental videos that feature a deaf survivor, Regina, and her husband, Scot. They talk about their experiences dealing with her breast cancer. Their story spans the breast cancer continuum from finding Regina's breast cancer, the financial decisions they had to make, her treatment and entering into a clinical trial, as well as the importance of early detection and Scot's experiences as a co-survivor. Each video in this series is under three minutes long. . The series of "A Survivor's Story" videos can also be found on our Translated Komen Educational Materials page in the American Sign Language tab.

The DVD, containing all six videos, is available for sale at ShopKomen. Item number KOMEED203000.

Click here to watch in American Sign Language   

Breast Cancer: Your Guide to Breast Self-Awareness Videos in Chinese   

These videos highlight our breast self-awareness messages in Chinese.  The five videos below were specifically developed for use in the U.S.  Each video is either in Traditional or Simplified Chinese with subtitle options.    

These and four additional videos, specifically developed for use in China, can be found on our Translated Komen Educational Materials page.

Click here to view the Chinese videos developed for the U.S.  

Breast Self-Awareness Messages Cards 

Susan G. Komen for the Cure® offers a variety of Breast Self-Awareness Messages cards in different languages and for specific populations. You can download and print these cards for free or purchase them in bulk quantities from ShopKomen.com. You can also find Breast Self-Awareness Messages cards in other languages from our Translated Komen Educational Materials page. Here, each material is tailored to the audience it is trying to reach. To find a material, select a language and then view the available materials within the different categories. An image and description of each material is also included.   

 

Updated August 14, 2013