3 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT BREAST CANCER

  1. Many women with breast cancer do not have a family history. Most breast cancer comes with age. As we get older our tissue gets older and the risk of developing diseases like breast cancer increases. As we grow older we also have more exposure to estrogen which may boost breast cancer risk.

2.Breast cancer is very treatable when caught early. Breast cancer is the most common but not the most fatal. Lung cancer actually kills more women a year than breast cancer. Breast cancer tends to be caught early at more treatable stages.

3. Perform a breast self-exam at least once a month.  In fact the Johns Hopkins Medical center says that, “Forty percent of diagnosed breast cancers are detected by women who feel a lump. Establishing a regular breast self-exam is very important.” While mammograms can help you to detect cancer before you can feel a lump, breast self-exams help you to be familiar with how your breasts look and feel so you can talk to your healthcare professional if there are any changes.

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