The Importance of Breast Self-Exam

By Gina Morss

July 13, 2010 Updated Jul 13, 2010 at 2:43 PM CDT

It's the 25th of the month, .the day we ask you to do your breast self–exam and remind a buddy to do theirs as well.

In our Buddy Check 25 report, Gina Morss sits down with a Washington woman who beat breast cancer, but says she might have found it sooner had she known the best way to do her self–exam.

A routine check up for Bev Riggins ended with a shocking diagnosis.

"I thought I had checked myself every month and I was fine, but sure enough there was a lump and I found that the problem was that I was not doing my self–exam correctly," said riggins.

Riggins wonders if she had, she might have gone in for a check up earlier.

"I would encourage people to go to your website at week.com and click on buddy check because you have the video that shows how to do the correct self– exam and if I would have done that I would have probably found that lump months before," said Riggins.

Thankfully this proud mother of four and grandmother of three is now cancer free after undergoing a lumpectomy, chemo and radiation.
She's now leading the effort to sign up teams for this year's Race for the Cure in Peoria. Her own team is called Bev's Brigade.

"My brother from Seattle who can't be here that day can be involved in spirit and he can be part of my team or my parents who can't walk that distance. They can still be part of my team and so I'm very excited to have Bev's Brigade this year and be part of the Race for the Cure as a team and pulling members in from all over the United States," said Riggins.

To sign up your own team for the Race for the Cure you can log onto week.com.

That's also where you'll get information about the correct way to do a breast self–exam. Just click on Buddy Check 25.

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