We're halfway through Breast Cancer Awareness Month and wanted to take a second to remind you that early detection of breast cancer can save lives.
And sure, maybe we all know that, but at the end of the day, how many of us take the necessary steps regularly to ensure breast health? So, each October we get a little reminder to take better care of ourselves and to open our hearts to those fighting breast cancer, as well as all of the survivors. There are more than 3.1 million breast cancer survivors in the United States!
#BreastCancer is the second most common cancer among women. In fact, one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in their lifetime. That’s why early detection is so important. Take this time to set a reminder for yourself to perform monthly self-checks and learn the early signs and symptoms.
Detection of a new lump or mass
Swelling of all or part of a breast (even if no distinct lump is felt)
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)
You should report to a healthcare professional if you have any of these symptoms. They may be caused be something other than breast cancer, but with the importance of early detection, it is best to rule it out.
It is very important for you to be aware of changes in your breasts and to know the signs and symptoms of breast cancer. Mammograms cannot spot every breast cancer. Detection is in your hands.