Breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in women in the United States, following close behind skin cancer. Because of earlier detection, treatment and a better understanding of the disease, the survival rate has increased. There are many resources out there available to those diagnosed with breast cancer and also resources to help you discover risks and prevention..

Prevention can even start at home with a monthly self-check. Also knowing your family history is important in learning and assessing possible risks. Depending on your family history or your age, you can start talking to your doctor about mammograms; when you should start receiving them and how often. The passing of the Affordable Care Act covers mammograms for women over 40. 40 is also the age when most women should begin talking to their doctor about breast cancer, especially if there is a history of breast cancer in your family.

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