ABClatino Magazine Year 2 issue 10 - Page 9

Cheryl Hoffman, RN

Nurse Navigator

Dyson Breast Center at Vassar Brothers Medical Center

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women and the second leading cause of death in the USA

L e t´s T a l k H e a l t h

Prevention

Some risk factors cannot be changed like your gender, age, race, and family history. However, some can be changed, for example smoking, limiting alcohol, eating healthy, keeping active and maintaining a healthy weight.

It is also very important to know how your breasts look and feel. Once a month, 7-10 days after your period, do a breast self exam.

One of the best things you can do is to get a screening mammogram. Discuss with your doctor your situation and when you should begin screenings.

Symptoms

Any changes in how your breasts look and feel should be reported right away to your provider:

- Lumps or swellings

- One breast seems to be looking larger or smaller than the other

-Oozing or discharge from nipple

- Pain

-Dimpling or changes in the skin

Breast Cancer