Unfortunately, being pregnant doesn't protect you from breast cancer. Although it is less common in women of childbearing age than it is in older women, breast cancer does strike women in their 20s and 30s. Many of them find the cancer themselves in the form of a breast lump.
If you performed breast self-exams every month before pregnancy, keep doing it. If you have never examined your breasts, start now. If you find a lump, tell your doctor. Don't be too alarmed, however. Your breasts are busy getting ready for nursing, and they may develop lumps that are perfectly benign.
Originally published in You & Your Baby: Pregnancy.
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