You don't have to wait until October to become aware. Learn how you can become "Breast-Aware" now!
Breast health and awareness is important at all ages, not just after 40. Second to skin cancers, breast cancer is the most common type of cancer found in women. Every woman needs to know if they are at risk. In recognition of Women's Health Month, here are some easy ways to become more aware of your breasts:
Understand your risk level: Know your family's health history and talk to your doctor about your personal risk of breast cancer.
Screenings: Ask your doctor which screening tests are right for you if you are a higher risk. If you're 40 or older, have a mammogram every year. If you're 20 or older, have a clinical breast exam at least every three years.
Know what's normal for you: See your doctor right away if you notice any of the following breast changes:
--Lump, hard knot or thickening
--Swelling, warmth, redness or darkening
--Change in size or shape
--Dimpling of puckering of the skin
--Itchy, scaly sore or rash on the nipple
Maintain a healthy weight: Keep a regular exercise routine and limit your alcohol intake.
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Stay tuned all month long and for expert tips and advice on how you can make your health a top priority! And visit Walgreens for all your women's wellness needs!