It’s no secret that October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Though we may get tired of seeing breast cancer information all over social media, in magazines, on the internet, etc., being informed and having regular mammograms are the best keys to helping women detect breast cancer early. Other than skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women.
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.
How can I lower my risk?
Risk factors you cannot change include:
Getting older- the risk increases with age
Reproductive history- early menstrual periods, menopause after 55
Having dense breasts-women with dense breasts are higher risk
Personal or family history (either mother or father’s side) of breast or ovarian cancer
Risk Factors You Can Change:
Not being physically active
Being overweight or obese after menopause
Taking hormones (those that contain both estrogen and progesterone) taken during menopause when taken for more than 5 years.
Reproductive history- Having the first pregnancy after 30, not breastfeeding, and never having a full-term pregnancy.
Please make your mammogram appointment today by calling 208-847-1630.