Breast Health Awareness

This year, it is estimated that 3,807 women in Arizona will be diagnosed with breast cancer and about 733 will die from the disease. 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 chances for survival are highest. The signs of breast cancer are not the same for all women. It is important to know how your breasts normally look and feel. If you notice any change, see your health care provider.

Susan G. Komen® recommends the following:

1. Know your risk

  • Talk to both sides of your family to learn about your family health history
  • Talk to your provider about your personal risk of breast cancer

2. Get screened

  • Talk with your doctor about 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
  • Sign up for your screening reminder at www.komen.org/reminder

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

4. Make healthy lifestyle choices

  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Add exercise into your routine
  • Limit alcohol intake
  • Limit menopausal hormone use
  • Breastfeed, if you can

Susan G. Komen® offers a variety of Breast Self-Awareness Messages cards in different languages and for specific populations. You can download and print these cards for free or purchase them in bulk quantities from ShopKomen.com. You can also find Breast Self-Awareness Messages cards in other languages from our Translated Komen Educational Materials page.