Monthly breast self-exams, annual mammograms starting at age 40 and maintaining a healthy weight can all contribute to good breast health and lower your risk of breast cancer.
Breast cancer is fairly common and we don't know exactly how long it takes to develop, but it usually grows slowly. In fact, it can be several years before a lump becomes big enough to be detected.
Breast cancer can occur at any age. The average age of women when they are diagnosed with breast cancer is 59 years. However, about a quarter of women diagnosed with breast cancer are younger than 50 years. Breast cancer can also develop in men, although this is rare. Male breast cancer accounts for about 1% of all breast cancer.
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