Breast Health Awareness
DBCC supports Komen’s four easy steps for breast self-awareness. We recommend that every woman should:
Know your risk
Talk to your family to learn about your family health history.
Talk to your doctor about your personal risk of breast cancer.
Read more about risk factors here.
Ask your doctor which screening tests are right for you if you are at a higher risk.
Have a mammogram every year starting at age 40 if you are at average risk.
Have a clinical breast exam at least every 3 years starting at age 20 and every year starting at age 40.
Learn more about mammograms here.
Know what is normal for you
See your health care provider right away if you notice any of these breast changes:
• Lump, hard knot or thickening
• Swelling, warmth, redness or darkening
• Change in the size or shape of the breast
• Dimpling or puckering of the skin
• Itchy, scaly sore or rash on the nipple
• Pulling in of your nipple or other parts
• Nipple discharge that starts suddenly
• New pain in one spot that does not go away
Breast Self-Exam is a tool that can help you know what is normal for you. Learn how to do a BSE with an interactive tool on the Komen website.
Make healthy lifestyle choices
Maintain a healthy weight.
Add exercise into your routine.
Limit alcohol intake.
Worldwide Breast Cancer makes it easy to understand the basics of breast cancer, “by using a friendly metaphor to open the discussion” using lemons as pictured below. Know your lemons, they can teach you a lot about breast cancer!