5 Things Every Woman Should Know about Breast Cancer

When it comes to breast cancer treatment, early detection is crucial. No matter what, it's important to be familiar with your body and to notice any unusual changes. National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM) is dedicated to empowering and informing women about breast cancer. Here are five things every woman should know:

Know your family history and risk factors. Share these with your doctor. Learn how to do self-exams and check your breasts at home once a month.

Know that many lumps are benign. That said, if you find one, tell your doctor immediately.

If you are under the age of 40*, be sure to get an annual breast exam by your gynecologist. If you are over the age of 40*, you should have an annual mammogram as well.

Here's where you can find a low-cost screening provider near you. If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with breast cancer, know that financial assistance is available.

How are you observing National Breast Cancer Awareness Month?
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*Ask your health care provider which screening tests are right for you and how often, depending on your medial history and possible risk.

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