Breast Cancer Awareness Month

More women die from Breast Cancer than any other type of Cancer, except Lung Cancer. Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a reminder to give yourself a monthly breast exam. Look for lumps, changes in size, inverted nipples, dimpling of the breast, redness of breast skin, or discharge from the nipple. If you find any change in your breasts see a physician right away. The earlier you detect breast cancer, the better chance you have of beating it.

Women should start getting Mammograms in their mid-forties or early fifties. Women under-forty should receive regular breast exams from their gynecologist.

Taking birth control pills for more than five years may slightly increase your risk for Breast Cancer. Although hormone levels are very small in birth control, they still pose a minimal threat. If you have a family history of breast cancer talk to your gynecologist.

Lower the Risks of Breast Cancer

Maintain a healthy lifestyle! Physical exercise boosts the immune system and helps you maintain a healthy weight. A low-fat diet with lots of fruits and veggies can also help lower your risk of Breast Cancer. High-fat diets activate estrogen production that supports tumor growth. Smoking and high alcohol consumption can also increase your risk for developing breast cancer. Take care of yourself by eating right, exercising, and having regular breast exams. Protect your breasts!

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