Breast Cancer Awareness

Other than skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women. Getting mammograms regularly can lower the risk of dying from breast cancer. The United States Preventive Services Task Force recommends that if you are 50 to 74 years old, be sure to have a screening mammogram every two years. If you are 40 to 49 years old, talk to your doctor about when to start and how often to get a screening mammogram.

What Are the Symptoms?

There are different symptoms of breast cancer, and some people have no symptoms at all. Symptoms can include—

 - Any change in the size or the shape of the breast.

 - Pain in any area of the breast.

- Nipple discharge other than breast milk (including blood).

 - A new lump in the breast or underarm.

If you have any signs that worry you, see your doctor right away.

Most women who get breast cancer have no known risk factors and no history of the disease in their families. There are things you can do to can help lower your breast cancer risk.

To read the full article from the Centers from Disease Control (CDC), click here.

Tags: breast cancer, mammogram, awareness, prevention, health screenings

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