October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
What You Should Know About Breast Cancer
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.
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.