Early detection of breast cancer greatly improves the treatment options, chances for successful treatment and, most importantly, survival.  At The Rose, we believe there is no substitute for self-awareness. Our support groups are filled with women who found their own cancer by noticing a change in their breasts and reporting it to their doctor. However, several recent studies have created confusion by reporting that breast self-exams do not reduce a woman's chances of dying from breast cancer. Knowing her own body is one of the most important steps a woman can take toward early detection of breast cancer.

"By examining your breasts regularly, you become familiar with how your breasts normally look and feel and you can more readily find any changes," said Dr. Dixie Melillo, Co-founder and Medical Director of The Rose. "Women should not be afraid of finding breast cancer, but they should be very afraid of finding it too late."

For more information - including illustrated instructions and videos on how to perform a breast self-exam - visit the following websites:

American Cancer Society
National Breast Cancer Foundation
Susan G. Komen for the Cure
Susand G. Komen for the Cure (for translated materials)