National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Breast cancer is a disease in which malignant cells form in the tissues of the breast. Research estimates that 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer during her life. Men are at a lesser risk, making up only 1% of breast cancer patients. While most people are aware of breast cancer, many forget to devise a plan to detect the disease in its early stages and encourage others to do the same.
If localized breast cancer is detected early, the five-year survival rate is 100%! That’s why you should see your doctor regularly and conduct monthly breast exams so you can watch for symptoms that include:
- Nipple tenderness, or a lump or thickening in or near the breast or underarm area
- A change in the skin texture or an enlargement of pores in the skin of the breast (Some describe this as similar to an orange peel’s texture.)
- A lump in the breast
Though there is no way to fully prevent breast cancer, there are ways to lower your risk. Speak with your doctor and visit www.breastcancer.org to learn more.
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