October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
To support your friends and family battling this disease and protect your own health, follow the PLEDGE.
PREVENTION: Ask my doctor what steps I can take that could reduce my risk of breast cancer.
LEARNING: Arm myself with knowledge about my own risks.
EXAMINATION: With my doctor, find out when I should get screened for breast cancer, and how often.
DENSITY: Have a conversation with my doctor to see if I have “dense” breasts, and which screening approach is right for me.
GENETICS: Discuss with my doctor my family history – both mom’s and dad’s side – of breast cancer, to see what it might mean for my level of risk.
EDUCATE: Once I’ve put these steps into action, “pay it forward” by encouraging friends and family to do it as well.
Sign the pledge onABCNews.com.