General “Take Action” Infographic
Take Action to Lower Your Breast and Ovarian Cancer Risk
Learn Your Family History of Cancer
- Share that you have learned that cancers can run in families.
- Explain that you are creating a record of your family’s history of cancer.
- Encourage family members to respond in a way that is most comfortable to them.
- Word your questions carefully, be a good listener, and respect their privacy.
- Write down who had cancer, age when diagnosed, and type of cancer.
Understand Genetic Counseling and Testing
What is Genetic Counseling?
- If a genetic test is right for you.
- Specific tests that might be used and their accuracy.
- Possible genetic test results and next steps.
- How a test result might not give you all the information you need.
- The emotional risks and benefits of genetic testing.
- How genetic test results may affect other family members.
What is Genetic Testing?
gene mutation. It’s done with a blood or saliva sample, at a doctor’s office, hospital, or clinic.
Make Healthy Lifestyle Changes
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Get enough physical activity
- Breastfeed your babies
Increase the chance of finding breast cancer early, when it’s easier to treat.
- Know how your breasts normally look and feel.
- Talk to your doctor right away if you notice changes in your breast.
- Talk to your doctor if you have a higher risk, including a family history of cancer.