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Breast Cancer Awareness : Prevention-Physical Health with Guest Versena Coleman

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Each Year women and Some men are affected by Breast Cancer.Breast Cancer: When cancer starts in the breast, it is called breast cancer. Except for skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer in American women. Breast cancer screening means checking a woman’s breasts for cancer before she has any symptoms. A mammogram is an X-ray picture of the breast. Mammograms are the best way to find breast cancer early,. Most women who are 50 to 74 years old should have a screening mammogram every two years.  If you are 40 to 49 years old, or think you may have a higher risk of breast cancer, ask your doctor when to have a screening mammogram. Factors that influence your breast cancer risk are being a woman and getting older. Other risk factors include:   Changes in breast cancer-related genes (BRCA1 or BRCA2). • Having your first menstrual period before age 12. • Never giving birth, or being older when your first child is born. • Starting menopause after age 55. • Taking hormones to replace missing estrogen and progesterone in menopause for more than five years. • Taking oral contraceptives (birth control pills). • A personal history of breast cancer, dense breasts, or some other breast problems. • A family history of breast cancer (parent, sibling, or child). • Getting radiation therapy to the breast or chest. • Being overweight, especially after menopause. Symptoms Some warning signs of breast cancer are-Other conditions can cause these symptoms. If you have any signs that worry you, call your doctor right away. • New lump in the breast or underarm (armpit). • Thickening or swelling of part of the breast. • Irritation or dimpling of breast skin. • Redness or flaky skin in the nipple area or the breast. •. • Nipple discharge other than breast milk, including blood. • Any change in the size or the shape of the breast. • Pain in the breast.