Breast Health and Cancer Awareness

At American Health Center, it is one of our missions to promote women’s health issues. Please do your part and participate. Have a breast exam today! Click HERE to learn more about the proper way to do an at home self-breast exam!

Did You Know:

  • Every 2 minutes, there is a new breast cancer diagnosis.
  • Every 14 minutes, a life is lost to the disease.
  • Over 40,000 people will die this year; about 400 of them will be men.
  • 85% of all diagnoses have no family history.
  • 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer.
  • Breast cancer is the leading cause of death in women between ages 40 and 55.
  • Did you know men get breast cancer, too?

Risk Factors

  • Women are 100 times more likely to get breast cancer than men.
  • Your risk of developing breast cancer increases, as you get older.
  • If there is a family history of breast cancer you are at higher risk.
  • Some defective genes can be passed down. The most common gene defects are found in BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes.
  • Women who get their periods early (before age 12) or went through menopause late (after age 55) are at an increased risk.
  • Women who have never had children or who had them after the age of 30 have an increased risk.
  • More than 1-2 glasses of alcohol a day may increase your risk for breast cancer. Healthy living can decrease your risk for Breast cancer and other diseases.

Screening all women is critical in spotting breast cancer. Up to 50% of women diagnosed with breast cancer have no identifiable risk factors except female gender and increasing age. It is important to know the Signs and Symptoms of Breast Cancer.


  • Breast lump or lump in the armpit that is hard, has uneven edges, and usually does not hurt
  • Change in the size, shape or feel of the breast or nipple
  • Fluid coming from the nipple
  • Breast pain or discomfort
  • Swelling of one arm (next to the breast with cancer)
  • Weight loss

    Please call us at 847-255-7474 with any questions or to schedule an appointment.