Women&#39s Health: <br>Be Aware of Your Breasts

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.

Check out photos of some A-list actresses who have survived breast cancer!

Celebs Who Have Survived Breast Cancer

Christina Applegate

This new mom was diagnosed in April 2008 and chose to have a double mastectomy to ensure the cancer would not return to her other breast.

Sheryl Crow

The singer-songwriter was diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer in February 2006, shortly after her break up with Lance Armstrong.

Edie Falco

The "Nurse Jackie" star was diagnosed in 2003 and battled it quietly. She didn't announce her diagnosis until after she began receiving treatment.

Melissa Etheridge

She was diagnosed in 2004 and made a statement when she rocked "post-chemo" at the 2005 Grammy Awards.

Kylie Minogue

The pop star was diagnosed in May 2005 and then published a children's book as part of her new life after she became a breast cancer survivor.

Cynthia Nixon

The Emmy-winning actress was diagnosed in 2006 and battled it quietly by undergoing a lumpectomy and radiation treatment before she went public with her recovery two years later.

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!