Breast Cancer: Know The Risk And Its Signs
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Breast Cancer: Know The Risk And Its Signs

Breast Cancer: Know The Risk And Its Signs

Breast Cancer: Know The Risk And Its SignsApproximately one in eight women is developing invasive breast cancer during her lifetime.

“With this number in mind, we can see that it is imperative for all women to know their personal risk for breast cancer, to get all recommended screenings, and to recognize the signs of breast cancer. Early detection can make all the difference in patient outcomes,” explains Laura Klein, Medical Director, The Valley Hospital Breast Center.

Know Your Risk

Ask yourself the following questions regarding your breast cancer risk:

Do you have a family history of breast cancer?

Do you have a personal history of breast cancer?

Do you have history of breast atypia (abnormal breast tissue)?

If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, please make sure to discuss your risk factors with your physician.

Get Your Mammograms

“All women should make a commitment to themselves to go for all recommended breast cancer screenings, which are also referred to as mammograms,” adds Dr. Klein. “Early detection can save your life!”

Ensure that you have a clinical breast exam yearly from age 20 to 40

Begin scheduling annual mammograms and clinical breast exams at age 40

Work with your physician to plan additional breast cancer screenings if your mammogram shows dense tissue or you are high risk for developing breast cancer

Know What is Normal for YOU!

In order to recognize when something might be wrong, you must familiarize yourself with what is normal for you and your body. By understanding your baseline, you will be better prepared to recognize potential symptoms of breast cancer such as:

Lumps, thickening or knots in the breast or underarm

Breast swelling, warmth, redness or color changes

Change in breast size or shape

Dimpling or puckering of the breast tissue

Development of an itchy, scaly rash

Nipple changes

Persistent pain in a new spot on the breast

If you have any concerns about your breast health, contact your physician as soon as possible.

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