Breast cancer

Use the three steps below to begin your journey to Best Health.

1. Know this

Breast cancer occurs when abnormal cells grow out of control in one or both breasts. They can invade nearby tissues and form a mass, called a malignant tumor. The cancer cells can spread (metastasize) to the lymph nodes and other parts of the body. Risk factors that you cannot change include getting older and having changes to certain genes. Risk factors you can change include using certain types of hormone therapy after menopause, being overweight, and not getting enough physical activity.

Breast cancer can cause:

  • A change in the way the breast feels. The most common symptom is a painless lump or thickening in the breast or underarm.
  • A change in the way the breast looks. The skin on the breast may dimple or look like an orange peel.
  • A change in the nipple. It may turn in. The skin around it may look scaly.


2. Do this

At this time, there is no sure way to prevent breast cancer. But you can make personal choices that lower your risk of breast cancer.

  • Talk to your doctor about your risk. Find out when to start having mammograms and how often you need one.
  • Eat a healthy diet with plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
  • Get plenty of physical activity.

3. Use this

Check out the following Best Health offerings to help you reduce your risk of breast cancer.

  • Healthy eating health coachingEnroll in free health coaching and work one-on-one with a Best Health Coach.  
  • Online exercise workshop – Learn how to become more active in this six-week online workshop.
  • Online resource guide – Access wellness tools,resources, and find a support group.

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Source: Healthwise. Breast Cancer. Medical Reviewer: Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine & Douglas A. Stewart, MD - Medical Oncology.© 1995-2014 Healthwise, Incorporated. Last Revised 1/30/14.