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National No Bra Day, October 13th, encourages wearers to leave that bra at home…

Many women who have survived breast cancer are unable to go without a bra as they need it to hold their prosthesis after surgery. Additionally, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and No Bra Day should serve as a reminder for all women to be screened for breast cancer.

Most types of breast cancer can be treated if caught early so make sure you get those exams done! Now’s the time, as screenings and breast exams are a part of the early detection process.

Ways to participate in National No Bra Day? #NoBraDay

» GO BRA-LESS! I personally HATE wearing bras and prefer to go without as long as I can get away with it.

» If you haven’t already, make an appointment for a mammogram. Especially if breast cancer runs in your family. Use #NoBraDay or #NationalNoBraDay when posting on social media. If you’d like, you can make a contribution to the American Cancer Society or Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

You can also participate by showing us your pink in the BOUNCE photo gallery, below!

Show Us Your Pink For Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

» Perform a monthly self-breast exam. The best time to do a breast exam is about ten days after the onset of your menstrual cycle. However, fickle as breasts can be, we do become familiar with them even if they are lumpy. We learn what’s healthy or not. For example, they change texture over the month. Sticking to the same time each month will provide a more accurate exam.  For those who don’t menstruate, choose a day of the month always to perform the exam.

As you become more familiar with the shape and texture of your breast, take note of any changes. Use the mirror to help you, too. Dimpling, swelling, and redness will be signs to look for.

When you schedule an annual appointment with your physician, make sure a breast exam is completed, too. Tell your doctor about any changes. If you or your doctor notices any signs, the doctor can order tests, including a sonogram or mammogram.

Finally, a preventative mammogram is the last line of defense. Today’s mammograms offer more vivid detail of the breast tissue. Baseline mammograms are provided around the age of 35 unless family history indicates sooner. The baseline mammogram provides a comparison view for your physician should something develop later down the line.

Women age 40 and over are recommended to receive yearly preventative mammograms so, don’t forget to make your appointment!