13 Friends for Life

Welcome to 13 Friends for Life, a program in partnership with Mercy Health designed to help you and a friend protect yourselves from breast cancer. Bookmark this page and check here often for news, videos, stories, and useful information for protecting your breast health.

Here are four simple things you can do now to maintain your own breast health:

1. Choose your Friend for Life. It can be your mother, daughter, sister or a friend. Then, on the 13th of each month, call your Friend for Life and remind her to do a breast self-exam. Most breast lumps are discovered by women themselves.

2. Know your risk. Share your personal and family history with your doctor, and know what’s normal for you. If you see any changes in your breast, contact your health care provider right away.

3. Get regular breast screenings (mammograms). Mercy Health recommends an annual screening mammography for women beginning at age 40 if you’re at average risk, or 10 years younger than the youngest cancer in the family (for example, start at 35 if mother, grandmother, aunt or sister had breast cancer at 45).

4. Share this page with your friends. Help them know what they can do to protect themselves from breast cancer.

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