Breast Self-AwarenessBreast Self-Awareness

Breast Self Awareness

Susan G. Komen’s breast self-awareness messages encourage women and men to take control of their health. Not only do these messages focus on breast cancer awareness and early detection, but they also support overall mental and physical well-being.

To download your personal BSA card, click on the language of choice:

Message 1: Know your risk

Risk factors do not cause breast cancer, but they can increase the chances of developing breast cancer.  There are many risk factors linked to breast cancer.  Some of these risk factors can increase your risk more than other risk factors.  The cause of breast cancer is still unknown. To better understand your risk, you can do the following:

  • Talk to both sides of your family to learn about your family health history
  • Talk to a doctor about your risk of breast cancer

Message 2: Get screened

All women should have access to regular screening mammograms when they and their health care providers decide it is best based on their personal risk of breast cancer. Knowing your risk and talking with your doctor can help you determine the best screening method for you. If you are at higher risk for developing breast cancer, ask your doctor which screening tests are right for you.

A mammogram is an x-ray of the breast.  It is the best tool we have today for finding breast cancer early.  It can find breast cancer when it is small and easier to treat.

Clinical Breast Exam
A clinical breast exam is done by your doctor or nurse in an office or clinic.  He or she will look at and feel your breasts and under your arms to look for signs of breast cancer. Breast cancer warning signs may be seen or felt but not visible on a mammogram.

Message 3: Know what is normal for you

Warning Signs of Breast Cancer

The most common warning signs of breast cancer are changes in the look or feel of the breast, also a change in the look or feel of the nipple and nipple discharge. Warning signs you should be aware of are listed include:

If you are experiencing any of these warning signs, please contact your health care provider.

Breast lumps or lumpiness

Some women may have breast that are more lumpy than others.  Breast tissue naturally has a bumpy texture. Eight out of 10 lumps are non-cancerous.

Lumps that feel harder or different from the rest of the breast (or the other breast) or that feel like a change are a concern. If you are unsure whether you should have a lump checked, it is best to see your healthcare provider.

Message 4: Make healthy lifestyle choices 

You can do things that are good for your health and might lower your risk of getting breast cancer. Healthy lifestyle choices include:

For more information about breast health/breast cancer or local resources, please email us at or call the office nearest you:

  • Charleston: 843-556-8011
  • Greenville: 864-234-5035

For a speaker or outreach request, choose one of the following:

Outreach Request for Coastal to PeeDee
Outreach-Request-Mountains to Midlands


Go to Top