Important Things to Know About Breast Cancer

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month is October, here are some important stats and information to keep in mind:

  • Breast cancer is not the most common cause of death for women. Heart disease is for women age 40 and over, followed by stroke, lung cancer, and lung disease. Breast is the fifth leading cause of death.
  • Some symptoms of breast cancer include new lump found in the breast or underarm. Thickening or swelling part of the breasst. Dimpling skin of breast. Nipple discharge. Any changes in the size of the breast. And pain in the nipple area.
  • Regular mammograms can lower the risk of breast cancer. If you are 50 to 74, have a breast cancer screening every two years. If you are 40-49, talk to your doctor about when and how often.
  • You can lower your risk of breast cancer by controlling your weight; exercising, knowing your family history of breast cancer (if you have a mother, sister, or daughter with breast cancer); knowing the risks and benefits of hormone replacement therapy; and limiting alcohol consumption.
  • And remember, men can get breast cancer too.

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