Think pink this month for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Did you know that breast cancer is one of the most common types of cancer? Sometimes it is genetic, which means it can be passed down to later generations, but it can also be prevented!

There are many ways to reduce your risk of breast cancer, such as eating healthy, staying active, not smoking, and reducing your consumption of alcohol. These are all great ways to lower your risk, especially if breast cancer already runs in your family, but there are even more tips available to you!

While it is important to live a healthy lifestyle to reduce your risk of cancer, you should also be aware of the risk of cancer to help catch it early on. Every year, it is important to go get an annual woman’s exam which may include a breast exam and/or a mammogram. These two tools are one of the fastest ways of detecting a lump in your breast that may be the beginning of breast cancer. It is also important to remember that men can get breast cancer, too. So they should always have that on their radar in case something odd starts happening on their chests.

You don’t have to wait for your doctor’s appointment to check for breast cancer. There are many helpful guides for at-home breast exams that you can do yourself! If you learn what is normal in your breast, then you may be able to catch something odd going on early and schedule a doctor’s appointment sooner.

Don’t be afraid to call your doctor if something seems unusual. It is always better to act sooner rather than later. This October take the time to learn more about your breasts and breast cancer. Spread your new knowledge to all the other wonderful men and women in your life as well.