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Breast Cancer is the second most common cancer in women, after skin cancer. Breast cancer is most common in women over 40 but it can occur in younger women. All breast lumps should be checked by a doctor.
A family history of breast cancer or mutations in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene may increase a person's risk of getting breast cancer and ovarian cancer. The United States Preventive Services Task Force recommends women over 50 with average risk for breast cancer get a mammogram every two years. Younger women are recommend to do breast self-exams and clinical breast exams by a medical professional.
The following are factors that can help lower your risk of breast cancer
Maintain a healthy weight
Limit alcohol to one drink per day or less
Talk with your doctor about use of oral contraceptives
Breastfeed your children, if possible
Talk with your doctor about family history or BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation
Please visit https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/breast/index.htm and https://www.womenshealth.gov/
For more information about Women's Health and Breast Cancer and other Wellness related information please contact Health Promotion 645-3910.
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