Breast Health Begins With You. What you need to know about breast cancer. National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is October. Breast cancer impacts over 240,000 new patients a year in the United States alone.
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What you need to know about breast cancer.
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is October
FAMILY HISTORY: If your mother, sister, or daughter has developed breast cancer before menopause, you are three times more likely to develop the disease. If two or more close relatives (e.g., cousins, aunts, grandmothers) have/had breast cancer, you are at increased risk as well. Recently, scientists have found that mutations in genes BRCA1 and BRCA2 increase one's susceptibility to breast cancer. A simple blood test can tell you if you have such a condition.
If you've had breast cancer, you have an increased risk of getting it again. Also, if you've had benign breast disease (e.g., fibrocystic breast disease), you are at an increased risk.
The following also put you at greater risk:
The promotion of charitable endeavors that encourage the advancement of knowledge and awareness of breast cancer risk and risk management in the African American community and for women of color.
For individuals diagnosed with breast cancer and their family members.
Provides information, assistance and referral to anyone with questions about breast cancer, and acts as a voice for the interests and concerns of breast cancer survivors and women at risk.
Comprehensive, up-to-date information on breast health and related breast cancer prevention, screening, diagnosis and treatment procedures.
Be Safe, Be Sure
The best time to do breast self-exam is right after your period, when breasts are not tender or swollen. If you do not have regular periods or sometimes skip a month, do it on the same day every month.
Step 1 a
Step 1 b
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Step 1 d
Begin by looking for the changes while standing up. Some women find it useful to do this part of the BSE in the shower, since soap or bath gel will aid in the ease of feeling your breasts.
For the BSE, you need to pick a pattern to feel your breasts and surrounding areas, which include:
Once you've performed the tactile examination while standing up in front of a mirror, you should do the whole examination again, this time while lying down.