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October is BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH!Personally my aunt is going through her last Chemo from Breast Cancer! Almost one out of nine women is expected to develop breast cancer, the second leading cause of cancer-related death in women.So, Are You at Risk? YES! You are at Risk…

*Being a Female *Getting your period young *Family history *Late childbearing or no childbearing *Heavy drinking *Smoking, especially at a young age *Being overweight *Eating a high-fat diet * Hormone replacement therapy

These 8 tips may help you cut your breast cancer risk.

8. Check out your breasts-Performing breast self exams (BSE) regularly—once a month—can help with early detection

7. Maintain a healthy weight– If you are overweight-lose it!

6. Get a mammogram! If 40 or older get them regularly!

5. Breastfeed your babies– Nursing isn’t just good for babies—it benefits mom too! One study by the University of Southern California found that breastfeeding seems to lower the risk of breast cancer

4. Eat your vegetables (and fruits)!

3. Choose the right fats-Decrease your consumption of the bad stuff and start eating more heart-healthy fats to protect your breasts.

2. Keep moving! – You know exercise is good for you, but did you know it can also reduce your risk of breast cancer?

1. Know when to see your doctor!!! Besides your annual gynecological checkups, visit your doctor immediately if you notice any of the following symptoms in your breasts: a lump, hard knot or thickening tissue; swelling, warmth, redness or darkening; dimpling or puckering of the skin; an itchy, scaly sore or rash on the nipple; a pulling in of your nipple or other area of the breast; sudden nipple discharge; or new pain in one spot that doesn’t go away.

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