The Susan G. Komen® Breast Self-Awareness Inventory

Know your risk.

Talk with both sides of your family to learn about your family health history. Talk with a health care provider about your risk of breast cancer.

Get screened.

Talk with a health care provider about which screening tests are right for you if you are at higher risk. Have a mammogram every year starting at age 40 if you are at average risk. Have a clinical breast exam at least every 3 years starting at age 20, and every year starting at age 40.

Know what is normal for you.

See a provider if you notice any of these breast changes:

  • Lump, hard knot or thickening inside the breast or underarm area
  • Swelling, warmth, redness or darkening of the breast
  • Change in the size or shape of the breast
  • Dimpling or puckering of the skin
  • Itchy, scaly sore or rash on the nipple
  • Pulling in of the nipple or other parts of the breast
  • Nipple discharge that starts suddenly
  • New pain in one spot that doesn’t go away

Make healthy lifestyle choices:

  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Add exercise into your routine
  • Limit alcohol intake
  • Limit menopausal hormone therapy (postmenopausal hormone use)
  • Breastfeed, if you can


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Health Fact

About 85% of diagnoses occur in women with no family history of breast cancer.