Cancer Care | Breast Cancer
Who's At Risk?
All women and even men are at risk for developing breast cancer at some
point in their lives. Although no one knows the direct cause of cancer
there are some factors which can dramatically increase your risk.
What You Can Do
Simply being a woman puts you at risk for breast cancer, but there are
factors which you can control. These factors include alcohol use, the
use of certain contraceptives, diet and many others. Please talk to your
primary care physician to learn more about your risk factors.
Self-Breast Exams are an important part of maintaining good breast health!
Setting a schedule to do monthly self-breast exams can help you monitor
your breast health between visits with your physician. Certain changes
in the breast can be a warning sign. Changes don't necessarily mean
you have cancer. It just means you should call your doctor to have it checked.
Breast warning signs include:
- A firm lump that feels different from the rest of the breast
- A change in skin texture (how it feels) or skin color
- A new dimple on the breast
- A newly retracted (pulled in) nipple
- Nipple discharge without squeezing the nipple
- Bloody nipple discharge
It is important to remember that no two breast cancers are alike, if you
notice changes in your breast health it is best to consult with your primary
To learn more about breast health, be sure to have conversations and annual
physicals with your primary care physician. You can also learn more about
breast cancer, risks and symptoms by visiting the
American Cancer Society or the
National Cancer Institute.