Breast Cancer Screening

Talk to your doctor about getting a mammogram

What is a breast cancer screening?

  • Checking your breasts for cancer before there signs and symptoms of the disease.
  • Mammograms are the best way to find breast cancer early.
  • A mammogram is an X-ray of the breast.

What are the symptoms?

  • New lump in the breast or armpit.
  • Thickening or swelling of part of the breast.
  • Irritation or dimpling of breast skin.
  • Redness or flaky skin in the nipple area or the breast.
  • Pulling in of the nipple or pain in the nipple area.
  • Nipple discharge, other than breast milk, including blood.
  • Any change in the size or shape of the breast.
  • Pain in the breast.

Increased risk?

  • Getting older, most breast cancers diagnosed after age 50.
  • Early menstrual periods, women who start periods before age 12
  • Inherited genetics.
  • Taking birth control pills.
  • Never giving birth.
  • Being over age 30 when your first child is born.
  • Being overweight after menopause.
  • Family history of breast cancer.
  • Starting menopause (no more monthly periods) after age 55.
  • Drinking alcohol in excess.

Men can also get breast cancer

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Source: www.cdc.gov