October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

In the U.S., 1 in 8 women are diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. There’re additional factors such as family history or a previous atypical biopsy that can increase a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer.

Diagnosing breast cancer early is key. Here are ways to identify abnormalities: 

  • Performing monthly self-exams
  • Scheduling annual mammograms
  • Talking with your provider

Don’t overlook your routine health screenings. After all, staying on a healthy course and detecting health concerns early is important. Screening mammography significantly reduces a woman’s risk of dying from breast cancer.

Mammograms begin at age 40 for most women, but those at high risk of breast cancer may need to start earlier.

Check with your doctor to see if you are at risk for breast cancer.

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