Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Breast cancer is the most common cancer for women and typically occurs in women ages 50 and older, but it can also affect younger women. Factors that put women at an increased risk include starting menopause at age 55, never giving birth, a family history of breast cancer, or even taking oral contraceptives. It’s important to get a breast cancer screening before developing symptoms. Some symptoms include lumps, irritation, or even swelling in the breasts. Symptoms may vary for women under the age of 45. For women ages 50 to 74, it’s important to get a mammogram done every two years; the best method of early breast cancer detection. There are also several actions that you or a loved one can take to reduce your risk of breast cancer. Keeping a health weight, regular exercise, breastfeeding, or limiting alcohol intake are some effective forms to reduce your risk.
Centers of Disease Control (U.S Department of Health and Human Services) 2020