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About Breast Cancer

Anyone can get breast cancer.

No one likes to think about breast cancer.
yet it is one of the most common forms of
cancer. It is good to know that finding breast
cancer early can give you the best chance of
surviving it.

The chance of getting breast cancer goes up
as you get older. Having a family member with
breast cancer also gives you a higher chance
of getting it.

Family PACT covers the cost of breast cancer
screening when done as part of a family planning
visit. 

What can I do? 

Early detection is key to breast cancer treatment.
Here are some things you can do to help protect
yourself:

  • Get to know the normal look and feel of
    your breasts.
  • Call your provider and get checked if you
    see or feel any changes.
  • Ask your provider about when to start and
    how often to have a mammogram (x-ray exam
    of the breasts).


Three Generations of Women  We take care of our breast health.

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What breast changes should I look for? 

It is important for you to get to know the normal
look and feel of your breasts. Don't wait to call
your provider if you notice:

  • A lump or an area of the breast that feels
    harder
  • A dimple or puckering of the skin
  • A change in the shape of the breast
  • An area of the breast that is red, flaky or
    swollen
  • A nipple that is red, swollen, tender, or has
    turned inward
  • anipple that has discharge unless you are
    breastfeeding
  • Any pain that does not go away

What should I do if I feel a change in
my breast?

Call your provider and ask for a breast exam.
During this exam, your provider will examine
the whole area around your breasts.

It is important to remember that most of the
time, a lump or change in your breast is not
cancer. By checking out these changes, you
can get help right away if you need it. 
 

What other tests might be needed? 

You may need an ultrasound or a special
mammogram. These tests show what the
inside of the breast looks like. If anything is
seen that is not normal, you will be referred for
more tests, such as a biopsy. A biopsy is when
the doctor takes a small piece of tissue from the    
breast.

Client and Provider  Ask your provider how often to get a mammogram.

 

 

 

 

What can I do to stay healthy?

It is not known for sure how to prevent breast
cancer, but here are some ways that can lower
your chances of getting it:

  • Talk to your mother and other close
    family members about whether they have 
    a history of breast cancer. If they do, tell
    your provider about it.
  • Keep a healthy weight. Ask your provider
    for advice.
  • Eat a healthy diet, high in fiber and low in
    fat. Your provider can tell you how to get
    started
  • Stay active and exercise regularly. Do
    something every day.
  • Talk to your provider about what tests
    you need.
  • Be sure to get the tests your provider
    orders. If you need tests not covered
    by Family PACT,see if you qualify for
    programs that can help cover the cost of
    a mammogram or other services. Call
    Every Woman Counts at 1-800-511-2300
    (M-F 8:30am-5:00pm).
  • For more information about breast
    cancer, contact:
    • Center for Disease Control
      1-800-232-4636 (24 hours a day)
      www.cd.gov/cancer/breast
    • American Cancer Society
      1-800-227-2345 (24 hours a day)
      www.cancer.org
  • Find a Family PACT provider near you.
    • Call 1-800-942-1054.
    • Visit www.familypact.org and click on
      Clients.
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