CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) - October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and 22News is working for you on what information you need to know concerning this type of cancer.
Getting a screening is the most important thing and the guidelines recommend women between the ages of 40 and 50 getting a mammogram done.
One doctor told 22news if a woman sees any changes in her breasts she should consult her doctor.
"If they notice breast masses, if they notice bloody nipple discharge, if they notice nipple inversion or certainly any mass, they should speak with their doctor about any further testing done," said Dr. Barrett Newsome, oncologist at Cooley Dickinson Hospital.
If a woman inherits a mutated BRCA gene her risk for breast cancer greatly increases. However, Dr. Newsome said the BRCA1 is only associated with about 10 to 15 percent of breast cancers.