Who can get breast cancer?
Know your body
While breast cancer is most common at age 50 and older, and it is rare for young women to develop breast cancer, it can and does happen. When diagnosed with breast cancer, it tends to be more aggressive. To ensure that you notice any changes in your breasts early, you should perform self-examinations regularly as this will give you a good sense of how your breasts feel and look. This will make it easier for you to identify when changes occur – like lumps, or feelings of tenderness or pain. Monthly breast self-examinations are a healthy habit to follow and an important key to being your own best health advocate. You should see your doctor right away if you find a lump in your breast or notice any of these symptoms: dimpling, rash or itching, nipple discharge, lumps in/on breast or underarm area. Also, you should trust your instincts. If you are uncomfortable with what your health care provider says, get a second opinion.
Keeping your breast healthy through regular breast self-examinations is a good habit to develop as a young woman. Most women with breast cancer have a high chance of survival if the cancer is detected and treated early. One way to ensure that you catch any abnormal growth early is to perform self-examinations of your breasts regularly. Starting this habit at a young age will help you know what a healthy breast feels like.