Breast Health

Many college-aged students are unaware of the possibility of developing breast cancer as a young adult.  Many changes occur in your breasts during your lifetime so it is important to understand which changes are normal and which are not. Also, some of us may be at a higher risk for developing breast cancer. We encourage you to become familiar with your breasts, know what is normal for you, and learn how to spot changes in your breasts.

Many factors are linked to breast cancer risk. Some risk factors (such as drinking alcohol) can be avoided. But most risk factors (such as having a family history of breast cancer) can't be avoided. Having a risk factor—or even several—doesn’t mean you’ll definitely get a disease—it just increases your chances. Understanding which factors may affect your risk can help you and your health care provider develop a breast health plan that is right for you. This website will help you to better understand your risk - identifying your risk-factor.

Breast Self Awareness

Breast Self Exam video tutorial
Download your own Breast Self Exam card

Special Populations & Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer in Men
Breast Cancer in Pregnancy
Racial & Ethnic Differences
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender
Women with Disabilities
Young Women & Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer Support

Getting the support that you need
Young Survival Coalition: Young Women Facing Breast Cancer Together

Having a breast health problem/concern?

Make an appointment with our Women’s Health Unit at 301-314-8190 or by visiting www.myuhc.umd.edu.