I feel “lucky” that I was diagnosed with breast cancer. In these modern times, it is the most recognized “ribbon” and funding for research and treatment is abundant. Awareness is so great that I roll my eyes at cereal boxes emblazoned with pink ribbons. I am incredibly grateful for the research that is funded.  Here are organizations with whom I’ve had good experiences and/or heard great things:

I was diagnosed because I took the initiative to have a lump checked by my OB/GYN, after they had advised me it was probably scar tissue following mastitis.

My mom was diagnosed during her annual screening mammogram, which she had done faithfully every year for twenty years.

We are proof that you have to be self-aware and also follow the guidelines. If you have a question about your breast health, then that is your answer. Get a doctor’s opinion. Please. Don’t let anyone tell you “it’s nothing” until you have the proof in your hands.