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In the spirit of Breast Cancer Awareness month, we would like to highlight some key facts that can help you stay informed about breast cancer.

The CDC’s website is a great resource of information for women, or one can simply contact your family physician for further guidance.

Should you or any women within your family experience any of these symptoms, see your doctor immediately:

  • Any change in the size or shape of the breast.
  • Pain in any area of the breast.
  • Nipple discharge other than breast milk (including blood).
  • A new lump in the breast or underarm.

To lower the risk, there are things you can do:

  • Keep a healthy weight and exercise regularly.
  • Choose not to drink alcohol, or drink alcohol in moderation.
  • If you are taking hormone replacement therapy or birth control pills, ask your doctor about the risks.
  • Breastfeed your children, if possible.

If you can, schedule a Mammogram. This is the best way to catch it early.  If cost is an issue, there are programs that offer free or low-cost options for women.  Just go to the CDC’s website to see if you qualify.

Don’t wait, find an accountability buddy or gal pal as you don’t have to go through the screening process alone for early detection.  When in doubt, have it checked out.

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