Quick Tips for Breast Health

Find out if you’re at risk for breast cancer:

  • Talk to your family. You may be at risk if your mother, sister, or grandmother had breast or ovarian cancer.
  • Tell your health care provider if anyone in your family has had breast or ovarian cancer.

Make healthy choices that can reduce your risk of breast cancer:

  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Make exercise a part of your life.
  • Breastfeed if you can.
  • Limit alcohol and don’t smoke.

Become “breast aware” and see a health care provider if you see changes:

  • It’s normal to see changes in your breasts, for lots of reasons.
  • If you have lumps, redness, swelling, puckering, breast pain, or discharge from your nipple, talk to your health care provider. It might be less serious than you imagine, but you should check it out.
  • Get regular screenings as appropriate for your age:
  • If you’re under 40, get a clinical breast exam every one to three years (your health care provider can help you determine how often, based on your circumstances). During a clinical breast exam, your health care provider will look at and feel your breasts, your armpit, and around your collarbone to detect any abnormalities that need follow-up care.
  • If you are 40 or over, get a clinical breast exam every year, plus an x-ray of the breast or a mammogram every year.

Get ready to get covered under Obamacare:

  • The health care law provides new benefits for all Americans and will help millions of people who are uninsured get more affordable health insurance.
  • Learn more about the new law, and help your friends and family learn more, too.

Find out what to consider in choosing a plan, how to get help paying for it, and how to enroll at PlannedParenthoodInsuranceFacts.org, or for Nevada specific information go to https://www.nevadahealthlink.com/.

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