Breast Cancer Risks and Myths

What Can You Do?

Early detection is the key to surviving breast cancer. There are steps that you can take right now to protect your health:

  • Breast self-exam: Women age 20 or older should perform breast self-examination every month. If you feel a lump or swelling in the breast or underarm area, notice skin irritation or dimpling, experience nipple pain or a discharge other than breast milk, you should see your doctor right away. Remember, most of these breast changes are not cancer, but a health-care professional can make that determination.
  • Professional screening: Women from 20 to 39 should have a clinical breast examination by a health professional every three years. After age 40, women should have a breast exam and mammogram by a health professional every year.

The information on this Web site is designed for educational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for informed medical advice or care. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat any health problems or illnesses without consulting your pediatrician or family doctor. Please consult a doctor with any questions or concerns you might have regarding your or your child's condition.

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