All women are at risk of developing breast cancer.
A mammogram can detect breast cancer at an early stage when it is small and easier to treat.
It’s important for everyone to understand breast cancer, and to take action in prevention and detection. Make these simple steps a part of your life:
Know Your Own Risk.
Talk to your family about your health history. This is not limited to your mother’s side. Your father’s health history is just as important. Then, talk to your doctor about your personal risk of breast cancer.
Ask your doctor which screening tests are right for you, a mammogram and/or a clinical breast exam.
Know What’s Normal for You.
Learn how your breasts look and feel. Report any changes to your health care provider. The signs of breast cancer are not the same for all women. In fact, some women have no visible signs. Changes may include:
- A lump, knot or thickening inside the breast or underarm area.
- Swelling, warmth, redness or darkening of the breast.
- Change in the size or shape of the breast.
- Dimpling or puckering of the skin.
- An itchy, scaly sore or rash on the nipple.
- Pulling in of your nipple or other parts of the breast.
- Nipple discharge that starts suddenly.
- New pain in one spot that does not go away.
Make Healthy Lifestyle Choices.
Some healthy lifestyle choices that may reduce your risk of breast cancer include:
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Adding exercise into your routine
- Limiting alcohol intake
- Limiting postmenopausal hormone use
- Breastfeeding, if you can