October – National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

  • Breast Cancer Awareness

    Breast Cancer PreventionCancer of the breast is the second most common type of cancer in females. About one in 8 women born today within the United States can get cancer of the breast in there life time.

    The good thing is that many of the women do survive cancer of the breast when detected and treated early. The mammogram is a screening test for cancer of the breast that can detect the cancer early when it is the easiest to deal with.

    National Cancer Breast Awareness Month is our opportunity to raise awareness about the significance of early recognition of cancer of the breast. We all can make a difference by getting the word out about mammograms and encouraging women everywhere to get tested.

    This month let us all spread the word helping women to take the necessary steps to detect breast cancer early as the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention are doing through their website.

    Other than skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women. Getting mammograms regularly can lower the risk of dying from breast cancer. If you are 50 to 74 years old, be sure to have a screening mammogram every two years. If you are 40 to 49 years old, talk to your doctor about when to start and how often to get a screening mammogram.

    Are you worried about the cost? CDC offers free or low-cost mammograms. Find out if you qualify.

    What Are the Symptoms?
    There are different symptoms of breast cancer, and some people have no symptoms at all. Symptoms can include any change in the size or the shape of the breast, pain in any area of the breast, nipple discharge other than breast milk (including blood), and a new lump in the breast or underarm. If you have any signs that worry you, be sure to see your doctor right away.

    Black women have the highest breast cancer death rates of all racial and ethnic groups, and are 40% more likely to die of breast cancer than white women.

    Click the link to read an excellent article on Breast Cancer:

    Symptoms, Tips, The Risk, and Facts About Breast Cancer

     

    Image Credit: National Breast Cancer Awareness & Helping Women Now


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