It sounds cliche, but I found a lump in my breast. I actually had kind of noticed it for awhile, but didn’t really think anything of it because when I was 24-25, I was diagnosed with fibrocystic breasts. So therefore, it was kind of hidden and didn’t really feel a lot different from my other breast tissue. What did make me do a double-take is when I developed some slight dimpling of the skin. I wouldn’t even have known that this could be a sign of breast cancer, but I saw a post on Facebook one time about a woman who shared a picture of her dimpled skin to raise awareness about it being a sign of breast cancer. At this point I realized this could be a red flag, and decided to eventually make an appointment for a breast examination. Though it still kind of took me awhile to get around to it.
Here’s the lesson to take away from that: Even if you’re young, if you notice ANY changes in your breast, go get it checked out right away. Do not be afraid of what you may find out. Even if it’s cancer, early diagnosis will give you the most treatment options. It is imperative to detect cancer as early as possible.
Since women don't even start to get MRI’s until they’re 40, for us younger folks, aside from the occasional breast exams every 1-3 years, it’s pretty much up to us to detect our own breast cancer however rare it may be. Which is unfortunate.