Autumn brings with it changing leaves, cooler air, Halloween, and most importantly, Breast Cancer Awareness during the month of October.
I didn’t want the month to pass without taking the opportunity to discuss breast cancer and why it is so important to check yourself regularly (both women and men).
Breast cancer is cancer that forms in the cells of the breasts. After skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in women in the United States. Breast cancer can occur in both men and women, but it’s far more common in women.
Breast cancer survival rates have increased, and the number of deaths has been declining, thanks to a number of factors such as earlier detection, new treatments and a better understanding of the disease.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevent, the following are some symptoms of breast cancer (please note: when breast cancer starts out, it is too small to feel and does not cause signs and symptoms. As it grows, breast cancer can cause changes in how the breast looks or feels).
Symptoms may include—
- New lump in the breast or underarm (armpit).
- Thickening or swelling of part of the breast.
- Irritation or dimpling of breast skin.
- Redness or flaky skin in the nipple area or the breast.
- Pulling in of the nipple or pain in the nipple area.
- Nipple discharge other than breast milk, including blood.
- Any change in the size or the shape of the breast.
- Pain in any area of the breast.
It is recommended that women start to do Breast Self Exams in their 20s. Click here to see the American Cancer Society’s latest recommended Breast Self Examination procedure.
The best way to find breast cancer early is with a mammogram. If you are a woman age 50 years or older, be sure to have a screening mammogram every two years.
Dramatic improvements in cancer research, treatment and early detection, millions of women are surviving breast cancer today.
Bottom line is that all of us, men and women most likely either know someone who has suffered from this senseless disease or have suffered from it themselves. Make sure you and those that you love are doing self exams, having their bi-yearly mammograms (if of age) and doing all they can to know their family medical history.
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