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Breast Health

Examining Your Breasts 101

Check Yourself

A Breast Self Exam (BSE) helps you become familiar with how your breasts normally look and feel. A thorough BSE can take up to 10 minutes. During a BSE, you should:

  • Check for lumps, thickness, and other changes
  • Check all over, including the armpit
  • Lie down; it's the most effective way to feel your breast tissue

Women in their 20s and 30s should receive a Clinical Breast Exam (CBE) from a licensed medical provider once every three years.

How to: Breast Self Exam

Understanding Mammograms

Get Checked

Women over 40 should get a mammogram once per year. Keep in mind that mammograms are quick, easy, and safe and use less radiation than a dental X-ray. If you are uninsured or underinsured and need help getting connected to care, we can help.

The Our Bodies Program

Twice as many African-American women die from breast cancer than Caucasian women, although fewer actually get the disease. Early screenings can detect abnormalities sooner and potentially save lives.

The Our Bodies Program

The Our Bodies Program helps connect uninsured and underinsured women of color with essential breast health services, including:

  • Free or low cost clinical breast examinations, referrals, and mammograms
  • Support for women who experience breast health abnormalities, including breast cancer.

Bosom Buddy Support

Volunteers are available to join you on your mammogram appointments and offer support.

Transportation Assistance

Tokens are available for women who use public transportation to get to mammogram appointments.

Breast Health Workshops

The Our Bodies Program provides free workshops on breast health.

Educational Workshops & Health Fairs

Upon request, our Breast Health Coordinator conducts educational presentations, distributes learning materials at community sites, and addresses breast health questions and concerns.

Additional Information

For a full list of available support, download the Our Bodies Program brochure

For more information, contact the Breast Health Coordinator at 215.769.3561, extension 112, or by e-mail

Our Sponsors

The Our Bodies Program is made possible through the support of our sponsors and community partners.