October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. While most people are aware of breast cancer, many forget to take the steps to have a plan to detect the disease in its early stages and encourage others to do the same.
There are so many amazing resources for people to learn more about breast cancer, early detection, what to do if you have the disease, and incredible support systems for those affected by the disease.
There is no way I can do justice for the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Here are just a few of the things I found in my research.
- 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. http://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/breast-cancer-awareness-month
- Symptoms of the disease include, but not limited to: swelling of all or part of the breast, skin irritation or dimpling, breast pain, and a lump in the underarm area. http://www.breastcancer.org/symptoms/understand_bc/symptoms
- In the U.S. 1% of all breast cancer cases occur in men. http://ww5.komen.org/BreastCancer/BreastCancerinMen.html
- Every two minutes a woman in the U.S. is diagnosed with breast cancer. http://www.bcrfcure.org/
Everywhere I read, all of the experts said that early detection is key. Women in their 20s and 30s should have a clinical breast exam (CBE) as part of a periodic (regular) health exam by a health professional preferably every 3 years. Starting at age 40, women should have a CBE by a health professional every year in addition to having a mammogram every year. This should continue to do so for as long as they are in good health. If you have any of these symptoms above, or have any concerns at all do not hesitate to talk to your doctor. You just may save your own life!