Breasth Health Information
Four simple steps for early detection:
Make these actions part of your life. You are the cure.
- Know your risk: Talk to your doctor about your personal risk factors. Talk with your family to learn about your family health history.
- Get screened: Have a mammogram every year starting at age 40, and clinical breast exams at least every 3 years starting at age 20 and every year starting at 40. Ask your doctor which screening tests are right for you if you are at higher risk for breast cancer.
- Know what is normal for you: Know how your breasts look and feel. Report any changes to your doctor. If you notice any lumps, redness, warmth, dimpling, or puckering, tell your doctor.
- Make healthy lifestyle choices: Be sure to eat healthy foods, exercise regularly, maintain a healthy weight, and limit your alcohol intake.
Women with a family history of breast cancer or other concerns about their personal risk should consult with a health care provider. Screening tests may need to be done more often and/or started earlier than usual.
As part of a total approach to breast health, women should be familiar with their own bodies, play an active role in their health, and develop a close partnership with their health care providers.
Empower yourself with knowledge.