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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
What are the symptoms of breast cancer?
When breast cancer starts out, it is too small to feel and there are no signs and symptoms. As it grows, however, breast cancer can cause changes in how the breast looks and feels. Symptoms can include:
A lump in the breast or underarm (armpit)
Thickening or swelling of part of the breast
Irritation or dimpling of the breast skin
Redness or flaky skin in the nipple area or breast
Pulling in of the nipple or pain in the nipple area
Nipple discharge other than breast milk, including blood
Any change in the size or the shape of the breast
Pain in any area of the breast
How can I lower my risk of breast cancer?
Control your weight and exercise
Know your family history of breast cancer. If you have a mother, sister, or daughter with breast cancer, ask your doctor what is your risk of getting breast cancer and how you can lower your risk.
Find out the risks and benefits of hormone replacement therapy
Limit the amount of alcohol you drink
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention