October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Break out your best pink attire for Breast Cancer Awareness this month! Taking place annually throughout the month of October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month is intended to raise awareness about the disease, to garner support, and to raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure.

In 2018, an estimated 266,120 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S., and about 2,550 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in men. It is the second most common kind of cancer in women globally.

Early detection and treatment, however, significantly increases the survival rate of breast cancer patients. We encourage you to play a role in helping raise the global visibility for breast cancer this month (and to continue throughout the year). You can get involved in your local breast cancer organizations and help educate both men and women in your life about early detection and symptoms.

It is important to note that early breast cancer development may present no symptoms at all but other symptoms that patients may experience include the following:

  • Skin irritation or dimpling (sometimes looking like an orange peel)
  • Breast or nipple pain
  • Nipple retraction (turning inward)
  • Redness, scaliness, or thickening of the nipple or breast skin
  • Nipple discharge (other than breast milk)
  • A new lump or mass in the breast
  • Swelling of all or part of a breast (even if no distinct lump is felt)

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms it is important to visit a doctor immediately. Even if you are not experiencing symptoms it is still very important to receive an breast exam for women aged 25-39 years if you are over the age 40 years it is recommended you receive a mammogram annually. The point of screenings is to catch any abnormalities before they present symptoms. Early detection is a life saver!

To make an appointment for a well-woman’s exam or to receive a 3D mammogram, visit our Well Women’s Center website here, or called 1-833-882-2737. You can download our Mammogram flyer here.

Looking to get involved to support Breast Cancer Awareness, here are some great organizations to check out:

Susan G. Comen
American Cancer Society
National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.
The Breast Cancer Site Store
Breast Cancer Research Foundation

Sources

Breastcancer.org
www.cancer.org/cancer/breast-cancer
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

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