* Diet and weight management
Obesity is common in patients with breast cancer. Many studies have shown that, after breast cancer treatment, eating adequate amounts of fresh fruits and vegetables and reducing fat intake increase quality of life and survival rates.
* Early detection through regular screenings
From the age of 30 onwards, breast self-examinations might be performed at least once each month. If you have a family history of the condition, you should have annual (or other regular) check-ups after age 35.
* Genetic and environmental risk factors for breast cancer
Regular check-ups are important for the following cases; absence of childbirth experience, first pregnancy after age 30, early menarche and late menopause, less breastfeeding, hormone therapy for longer than 5 years, family history, etc.
* Breast cancer symptoms & signs
- Lump or nodes inside the breast or underarm area
- Swelling, warmth, redness or darkening of the breast
- General pain in any part of the breast that does not go away
* How to do a Breast Self-Exam
Stand in front of a mirror. Look closely at your breasts with your shoulders straight and your arms on your hips. Touch the entire breast and underarm area from top to bottom, side to side and check for breast lumps.