Posted By Oct 02, 2012on
From the swaths of pink to the commercials, the thought and threat of breast cancer seems to be all around us. With the chance that 1 in every 8 women will have breast cancer in their lifetime, let’s recap the facts and the prevention tips.
The risk for breast cancer goes up with age. A family history can double the risk, but know that many cases occur in women who don’t have a family connection. There are also some genes that can cause breast cancer. Other factors like obesity and radiation exposure as a child can also increase the risk.
Make sure you do a self-check each month. These checks are important to see if any signs of breast cancer are there. See if the breast feels different, for example a lump or a thickening, or looks different in size, shape or texture.
An annual breast cancer screening is recommended for all women ages 40-69. A mammogram is an X-ray picture of the breast. Doctors use this exam to look for early signs of breast cancer. The mammogram may be able to find a lump that is too small to be felt.
Being an active part of your health care can make a difference in the fight against breast cancer. Talk to your doctor today.
Looking for more health information? Go to hap.org today.