Breast cancer is a disease in which certain cells in the breast grow out of control and form a mass called a tumor. Breast cancer usually starts in the glands that produce milk (lobules) or the tubes (ducts) that carry milk from the glands to the nipple.
While white women are most likely to develop breast cancer, african american women are more likely to die from the disease. Breast cancer death rates are 40% higher among black women than white women.
A mammogram is specialized medical imaging that uses a low-dose x-ray system to see inside the breasts to check for breast cancer when there are no signs of the disease and investigate lumps that can't be felt during a breast exam.
Clinical Breast Exam
Clinical breast exams are used along with mammograms to check for breast cancer. A clinical breast exam is an examination by a doctor or nurse, who uses his or her hands to feel for lumps or other changes.
Breast Self Awareness
A breast self-examination is not a substitute for a mammogram. It can help you know how your breasts normally look and feel. Breast self-exams are done by you and can assist you to become familiar with what is normal for you.