Who's At Risk?
All women and even men are at risk for developing breast cancer. 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.
Self-Breast Exams are an important part of maintaining good breast health!
Monthly self-breast exams are an important part in maintaining your good health. 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
To learn how to perform self-breast exams, ask your doctor or contact St. Joseph Mercy to receive your free Self-Breast Exam shower card, a handy card to guide you through your self-exam. To receive your free card, call 810-985-1378.
Want to learn more...
Do you want to learn more about Breast Cancer and good breast health? Visit the American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org, or the National Cancer Institute at www.cancer.gov.