October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
What You Should Know About Breast Cancer
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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; and
- A new lump in the breast or underarm.
If you have any signs that worry you, see your doctor right away.
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Some main factors that affect your chance of getting breast cancer include:
- Being a woman;
- Being older (50 years or older); and
- Having changes in your BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes.
You can do things to help lower your breast cancer risk:
- Keep a healthy weight and exercise regularly.
- Don’t drink alcohol or limit the amount of alcohol you drink.
- If you are taking hormone replacement therapy or birth control pills, ask your doctor about the risks.
- Breastfeed your children, if possible.