It’s October, and while most are going to haunted attractions and other fun Halloween events, some are participating in fundraisers, walks, and other events to raise awareness about breast cancer. At this point, everyone has been affected by breast cancer in some way, shape or form and this post will touch on the signs, symptoms, treatment and prevention that people should know.
- 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime
- Breast cancer is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women
- Although breast cancer in men is rare, 2150 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and around 410 will die each year
Face the facts, these are daunting statistics that should make you livid about breast cancer! So how can you detect and hopefully prevent breast cancer?
Signs and Symptoms
- Tenderness or lumpiness in or near the breast or underarm area
- A change in skin complexion or enlargement of the pores in the skin around the breast
- A lump in the breast
- Dimpling anywhere on the breast
- Any change in size or shape of the breast
- Unexplained swelling or shrinkage
- Nipple turned slightly inward or inverted
- Scaly, swollen, or red skin on or around the breast
The following risk factors help higher-risk women to increase surveillance and breast cancer prevention strategies.
- 20 and older
- Family history
- Exposure to radiation
- Breast density
- Menses cycle
With these practices, women can keep a close eye and detect early signs of breast cancer.
- A healthy diet
- Self examination, done once monthly
- A clinical exam, done at annual gynecology visit
- Mammogram, done every year or every other year for women over 40 (women under 40 with breast cancer risk factors should consult physician for early mammogram)
- Partner with an oncologist you really trust will help you fight breast cancer head on!
- Hormone therapy
- Radiation therapy
- Nutrition and physical activity
- A positive attitude!
For more information on breast cancer, its symptoms, treatment and prevention, visit the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
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