Except for skin cancers, breast
cancer is the most common cancer in women, but it can be successfully treated.
Screening tests can find cancer early, when it’s most treatable.
Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, a
member charity of Community Health Charities, recommends that you:
1. Know your risk
- Talk to
your family to learn about your family health history
- Talk to
your provider about your personal risk of breast cancer
2. Get screened
your doctor which screening tests are right for you if you are at a higher risk
- Have a
mammogram every year starting at age 40 if you are at average risk
- Have a
clinical breast exam at least every 3 years starting at age 20, and every year
starting at age 40
3. Know what is normal for you
See your health care provider if you notice any of these breast changes:
hard knot or thickening inside the breast or underarm area
warmth, redness or darkening of the breast
in the size or shape of the breast
or puckering of the skin
scaly sore or rash on the nipple
in of your nipple or other parts of the breast
discharge that starts suddenly
pain in one spot that doesn’t go away
To see illustrations of these
warnings signs, please visit the Breast Facts section provided by Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
4. Make healthy lifestyle
a healthy weight
exercise into your routine
postmenopausal hormone use
if you can
Susan G. Komen for the Cure®
offers a variety of breast self-awareness cards in different languages and for
specific populations. You can download and print these cards
information about breast self-awareness, please click here.
Source: Susan G. Komen for the Cure
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