October 2019 – Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Health Learn the Facts

Am I at Risk for Breast Cancer?

You may have heard about other risk factors such as having someone in your family with breast cancer or having an inherited breast cancer gene mutation.

But the truth is: MOST women with breast cancer don’t have these other risk factors. The most common risk factors for breast cancer are being a woman and getting older. That’s why it’s important to remember the facts.

The Facts:

  1. All women are at risk of breast cancer.
  2. If you know your risk of breast cancer, you can do things that may reduce your risk.
  3. You can have screening test that may find breast cancer early.
  4. Talk to a doctor about any changes you notice inyour breast
  5. Its never too late to make healthy lifestyle choices.

Fact One: All women are at risk of getting breast cancer.

Know your Risk

Talk to both sides of your family to learn about your family health history.

Talk to a doctor about your risk of breast cancer.

Fact Two: If you know your risk of breast cancer,you can do things that may reduce your risk.

Get screened

Talk with a doctor about 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 atage 40.

Sign up for your screening reminder at Komen.org/reminder

Fact Three: You can have screening test that may find breast cancer early.

Know what is normal for you.

Learn how your breasts normally look and feel and report any changes to a doctor

Fact Four: Talk to doctor about any changes you notice in your breast.

Make healthy Lifestyle choices

Maintain a healthy weight

Add exercise into your routineLimit alcohol intake.

Limit menopausal hormone use.

Breast feed, if you can.

Fact Five: Its never too late to make healthy lifestyle choices

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