Woman Attributes Breast Cancer Survival to Self Exam


All adult women should perform a breast self exam every month.

According to Indianapolis Fox affiliate WXIN, Tracy Jaisle was a 38-year-old mother and wife as well as marathon runner when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She was taking her nightly shower when she noticed a lump in her breast. The next day, she performed a breast self exam and felt the bump again. This time, she decided to call her OB/GYN to inspect the abnormality in more detail.

She was glad she did. Jaisle had an aggressive form of breast cancer and had to undergo chemotherapy and a double mastectomy. After the treatments were over, Jaisle decided to begin the process toward reconstructive surgery. She feels that by performing the self exam, she was able to save herself form a more advanced form of the disease. She is now cancer free. 

"You know your body better than anyone else ever will. I think there's a lot of literature, a lot of things out in the media that say maybe we don't need to do self breast exams because they don't really decrease the rate of finding cancer. But people know their bodies," Dr. Monet Bowling, a breast surgeon with IU Health and Jaisle's doctor told the source.

The National Breast Cancer Foundation recommends adult women of all ages perform a breast self exam monthly. 

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