It’s National Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

Featured Author: Contra Costa Living Blog Team

It's National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Join the fight against cancer during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

It’s National Breast Cancer Awareness Month! In honor of the occasion, it’s important to raise awareness about the disease and how you can help protect your health and your loved ones. Check out what you need to know about breast cancer and breast cancer screening so that you have the tools to make a difference and save lives.

Know the Risks.

All women are at risk for getting breast cancer. However, certain factors such as age and genetics can increase your risks for getting the disease. The older you are, the greater the risk and so you should have screenings more regularly. Additionally, genetic factors such as the BRCA genes increase your risk for getting breast cancer.

Be Wary of Warning Signs.

Breast cancer often appears with no symptoms at all. However, that’s not to say that it can’t be associated with certain symptoms. If you notice any lumps or bumps in your breasts or underarms, nipple discharge, or pain, it’s important that you visit your doctor.

How to Lower Your Risk.

While there’s no way to prevent yourself from getting breast cancer, there are steps that you can take to reduce your risk and catch it early. Lead a healthy lifestyle to lower your risk. Get plenty of exercise and eat the right foods to help you stay healthy. Additionally, limit your exposure to carcinogens and unnecessary radiation. To catch breast cancer early, screening processes are imperative. Talk to your doctor about breast cancer screenings like mammograms and self-exams that you can catch any symptoms early.

Make a difference in your community for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month! Help your friends and neighbors get the tools they need to fight breast cancer. Help the Contra Costa area get healthy, and contact All About Contra Costa, your local community forum.