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Regular breast self-exams can detect cancer
San Francisco Chronicle

A few years ago, I woke up in the middle of the night with a painful left breast and two lumps. The lumps were firm, yet mobile, like two tiny peas next to each other. I admit I panicked a little. My first thought was that breast cancer surgeons are not supposed to get breast cancer. This is obviously not true, since my risk is 12 percent, the same as every other average woman. I called a radiologist friend at 2 a.m. to meet me for an ultrasound. The result: two benign-appearing cysts. This was later confirmed by a professional breast exam and another ultrasound.