It’s National Breast Cancer Awareness Month!
Each year in the United States, more than 250,000 women get breast cancer and 42,000 women die from the disease.
Most breast cancers are found in women who are 50 years old or older. But, this doesn’t mean younger women are immune. Breast cancer also affects younger women.
That’s why it’s important to talk about mammograms.
Apart from skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women.
It’s important to find it earlier when it is easier to treat. However, this is usually before it is big enough to feel or cause symptoms.
That’s why mammograms are so important. Mammograms are the best way to find breast cancer early.
Some main factors that affect your chance of getting breast cancer include the following:
- Being a woman
- Being older. Most breast cancers are found in women who are 50 years old or older
- Having changes in your BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes
You may be wondering what the symptoms are for breast cancer.
There are different symptoms of breast cancer. Actually, some patients experience little to no symptoms at all.
Symptoms can look like:
- Any change in the size
- Nipple discharge
- A lump in the breast or underarm
If you are at risk, don’t lose hope. You can do things to help lower your chance of having breast cancer.
- Keep a healthy weight and exercise regularly
- Limit the amount of alcohol you drink
- If you are taking hormone replacement therapy or contraceptive pills, ask your doctor about the risks
- Breastfeed your children
Of course, talk to your primary care physician if you are experiencing any symptoms, or if you have any questions.