Breast Health


KNOW YOUR RISK

  • Talk to your family about your family health history.
  • Talk to your doctor about your personal risk of breast cancer.
  • Be aware of the risk factors — such as being a woman, getting older, never having children or being overweight after menopause.

GET SCREENED

When breast cancer is found early and confined to
the breast, the five-year survival rate is 98 percent.

  • MAMMOGRAM: X-ray of the breast that can find breast cancer in its earliest stages. Have one every year starting at age 40 if you are at average risk.
  • CLINICAL BREAST EXAM: Physical exam by a health care provider who checks for any lumps or changes. Have one at least every three years starting at age 20, and every year starting at 40.

KNOW WHAT IS NORMAL FOR YOU

  • BREAST SELF EXAM: A tool that may help you learn how your breasts look and feel. Report any changes to your health care provider right away.

MAKE HEALTHY LIFESTYLE CHOICES

  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Add exercise to your routine
  • Limit alcohol intake

Am I at Risk for Breast Cancer?

Most women have more than one known risk factor, yet will never get the disease. Some risk factors can be controlled, while others cannot be changed.