"Be aware of your body." - advice during Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Linda Kaufmann, a breast cancer survivor, has had her rounds of mammograms, checkups, and exams.

"I had a cyst that really annoyed me for several years, so I went ahead and had it removed and under the cyst was the tumor," said Linda Kaufmann, breast cancer survivor.

For 22 years, Kaufmann has battled breast cancer.

She says the most important thing to do is to get those critical exams.

"Because it was found early, I had a partial mastectomy followed by radiation, and I've been dong great ever since," said Kaufmann.

According to the American Cancer Society, about one in eight U.S. women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of their lifetime.

"In the mid 30's we recommended a baseline mammogram and then annual mammograms and breast exams starting at age 40," said Denise Richbourg, community manager of the Myrtle Beach American Cancer Society.

But women aren't the only ones who should be paying attention.

"Male breast cancer cases occur at a lower rate than female breast cancer cases, but men do get breast cancer, and they make up about one percent of new breast cancer diagnoses," said Richbourg.

It's important for men to contact their doctors if they notice any persistent changes.

"Just be aware of your body, that's the biggest thing I tell somebody. Just be aware of your body, because you know when something different is going on in your body, so pay attention."

The American Cancer Society says eating healthy, being active, not smoking, and limiting alcohol intake can reduce the risk of any cancer.

For more information on breast cancer events for the month of October, head to this website