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Practice Healthy Behaviors

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While you cannot control your family health history, you can lower your risk of getting breast cancer by making healthy lifestyle choices like keeping a healthy weight, getting enough physical activity, and breastfeeding your babies.

You also can raise the chance of finding breast cancer early, when it’s easier to treat—

  • Know how your breasts normally look and feel. Talk to your health care provider right away if you notice changes in the size or shape of your breast, pain, nipple discharge, or other symptoms.
  • Talk to your doctor if you have a higher risk. If you have a family history of breast or ovarian cancer or other risk factors, you should talk to your doctor about ways to manage your risk.
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