St. Mary’s encourages you through the Real Men Wear Pink campaign to get educated about breast cancer:
· Breast cancer symptoms can include a lump in the breast or underarm, swelling of the breast, irritation of breast skin, redness, pain in the breast, changes in the shape or size of the breast or discharge from the nipple.
· Mammograms are recommended annually for all women over the age of 40. It is the best test to find breast cancer early as it can take up to three years before breast cancer can be felt. Finding breast cancer early is important.
· Screening for breast cancer can be done at a clinic, hospital or doctor’s office. If you are concerned about cost, you can contact the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program at 1-800-232-4636 to find out about free or low-cost mammograms.
· Lowering your risk for breast cancer can be done by controlling your weight, exercising, knowing your family history and limiting the amount of alcohol you drink.
If you have any further questions about breast cancer symptoms or screening, please speak with your primary care provider.