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  • IGNORING preventive health screenings and tests; care for self last
  • GENDER – females at a higher risk
  • ESTROGEN & progesterone hormone replacement
  • USE of Depo-Provera/some oral contraceptives
  • OLDER age but cancer can occur at any age
  • PROVEN family history/genetic traits
  • EARLY puberty/menstruation
  • NEVER had children or had first after age 30
  • MEDICAL history includes prior breast cancer, dense breasts or ovarian cancer
  • KNOWN environmental risk exposures
  • LIMITED fruit and vegetable diet, inactive lifestyle; obesity

Know Your Risk Factors


  • MAINTAIN a healthy weight, prevent family obesity
  • GET regular physical activity
  • EAT more fruits, vegetables, grains, beans, and fish with omega oils
  • EAT LESS salt, processed foods, red meat, white flour and sugar
  • USE healthy oils for eating and cooking
  • OMIT high fat foods like fast food burgers and fries
  • DON’T smoke; protect children from secondhand smoke
  • GET regular preventive health checks
  • AVOID alcohol
  • MAKE mindful living and managing stress personal priorities

Commit To A Healthy Lifestyle


  • Breast lump or thickening
  • Change in skin color or texture
  • Rough, patchy orange peel look and feel
  • Itchy, sore or scaly skin on the nipple/areola
  • Nipple discharge that starts suddenly and continues
  • Change in shape; skin indentations
  • Nipple turning inward
  • Swelling, redness or warmth that continues
  • Persistent breast or underarm pain
  • Big differences in one breast from the other


Identify Warning Signs

Practice: Find Changes Early


MAMMOGRAMS
A special x-ray of the breast; there are different types Recommended once per year for women beginning at age 40; Women with family history or medical concern should begin annual mammograms earlier than age 40.

CLINICAL BREAST EXAMS
Examination by health professional which can aid in early detection. Recommended once per year for women age 40+, and for women with known breast concerns. Clinical exams recommended once every 3 years for women under 40, beginning in the early 20s. It is recommended that African-American women get exams more frequently.

SELF BREAST EXAMS
KNOW the feel and look of your breasts, and use a careful technique monthly. FIND and report the following changes to your healthcare professional right away.


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