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PostHeaderIcon Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Each October Boone Memorial Hospital offers 1/2 price mammograms. Please contact the Radiology Department at 304-369-8805 for details. We have also provided helpful tips to take control of your breast health:

Breast Self-Awareness

Your Breast Care: Helpful Hints for Women

Except for skin cancers, breast cancer is the most common cancer in women, but it can be successfully treated. Screening tests can find cancer early, when it’s most treatable.

 

Susan G. Komen for the Cure® recommends that you:

 

1. Know your risk

Talk to your family to learn about your family health history

Talk to your provider about your personal risk of breast cancer

 

2. Get screened

Ask your doctor which screening tests are right for you if you are at a higher risk

Have a mammogram every year starting at age 40 if you are at average risk

Have a clinical breast exam at least every 3 years starting at age 20, and every year starting at age 40

 

3. Know what is normal for you

See your health care provider if you notice any of these breast changes:

Lump, hard knot or thickening inside the breast or underarm area

Swelling, warmth, redness or darkening of the breast

Change in the size or shape of the breast

Dimpling or puckering of the skin

Itchy, scaly sore or rash on the nipple

Pulling in of your nipple or other parts of the breast

Nipple discharge that starts suddenly

New pain in one spot that doesn’t go away

To see illustrations of these warnings signs please visit www.komen.org

 

4. Make healthy lifestyle choices

Maintain a healthy weight

Add exercise into your routine

Limit alcohol intake

Limit postmenopausal hormone use

Breastfeed, if you can

Visit www.komen.org for more details

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