Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Time to Take Care of Your Breasts

 

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so it’s the perfect time to be conscious of your breast health. Breast cancer is an unfortunately common issue for millions of women across the world. Genetics and lifestyle choices are considered risk factors, and it’s recommended to get regular exams if you have a history of breast cancer in your family. In general, women should start getting regular breast exams when they turn 20, scheduling appointments every one to three years. As for older women, it’s recommended to get a check-up every year. Self-exams are also extremely important. Staying active, making conscious food choices, practicing self-care, and examining your breasts are small ways you can stay healthy and take care of your breast health.


Discussion Question

Were you ever taught how to do a breast self-exam?

Further Reading

If you don’t know how to do a self-exam or feel uncomfortable trying, here you can find a video and some resources that can help you start taking care of your breast health.

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If you want to support and fight for accessible breast healthcare, you can check out the Wear It Pink website or the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

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