Let’s Talk Cancer: Women and Breast Cancer Awareness know the Symptoms
The American Cancer Society states that Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death from cancer in women. 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their life time. With statistics like this, it is very likely that many of us or someone we know has been affected by breast cancer.
The month of October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month which is a National Campaign to raise the awareness of breast cancer. All Month long supporters wear pink ribbons for awareness and in the support of the survivors of this terrible disease. The campaign has grown so large that even large organizations like the NFL and other sports teams take part by wearing special uniforms adorned in pink.
The goal of the campaign is to remind women to be active in the prevention and early detection of breast cancer. The American Cancer Society continues to do extensive research on breast cancer and have found many factors in the causes and prevention of this terrible disease.
But, none of this research is useful if we do not get the information out.
So, here is a list of Symptoms, Lifestyle Risk, and Early Detection Guidelines from the American Cancer Society.
Breast Cancer Awareness
Know the symptoms
- Swelling of the breast/ under arm (Lymph node)
- Redness and dimpling of the skin
- finding a lump in or around the breast
- nipple discharge
- nipple thickening, inversion (appearance)
- Pain or tenderness
***speak with a physician about any of these symptoms***
Life-Style Risk (causes slightly higher risk of breast cancer)
- Alcohol (2-3 glasses daily)
- Birth control
- Hormone therapy
- Lack of exercise
Prevention (women of average risk)
- Age 45-54 …………………….. Get mammogram screening every year
- Age 55 and up ………………. Mammogram every other year
- Age 40-44…………………….. “Optional” yearly mammogram
***(high risk) women with a family history of breast cancer and/or found to have the genetic mutation BRCA 1 or 2 should get a mammogram and MRI every year.***
We haven’t found a cure for breast cancer yet, but being active in our awareness can make a huge difference. And, Breast Cancer Awareness month is a great way to do just that. It is also a great way to keep the conversation going.
So, please take the above information and share with your friends and family and let’s keep the conversation going and raise awareness. It may just save someone’s life.
Please visit cancer.org for more information on breast cancer.