October is breast cancer awareness month. We all have been touched in some way by breast cancer. We know a mom, sister, aunt, cousin, best friends mom etc. who has had breast cancer.
1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime.
Just this about that for a moment 1 in 8! That's some crazy odds, it's the leading cancer diagnosis among women and what makes it worse is that 2/3 of those women will die from their diagnosis.
I often think that I don't have to really worry about breast cancer because i'm young and under the age which requires a mammogram yearly (45-54) But, that's not the case. Breast cancer can affect anyone, at any age. Especially if you have a family history or other factors that can increase your risk.
That's why i'm writing this post to encourage and urge you to know the symptoms, warning signs and to do monthly self check breast exams. Early detection is key for survival.
80% of young women's breast cancer is self-discovered and later confirmed by a medical professional.
know your body- if symptoms persist or worsen 2-3 weeks check with a medical professional!
* swelling, redness or rash
* warmth, redness or darkening
* change in size or shape
* dimpling or puckering of the skin
* itchy, scale sore or rash on the nipple
* nipples that become flat or inverted
* nipple discharge
* new, persistent pain in one spot
* persistent itching
* bumps that resemble bug bites
* a lump, particularly one that feels like a frozen pea.
If you've had one first-degree female relative (sister, mother, daughter) diagnosed with breast cancer, your risk is doubled. If two first-degree relatives have been diagnosed, your risk is 5 times higher than average.
While the odds may be high for breast cancer, it's something that doesn't have to be scary. Awareness, early detection and limiting your risk factors can make all the difference. Things like being physically active, eating healthy, limiting alcohol consumption are all things that can lower your overall risk for breast cancer.
For more information checkout www.cancer.org, www.susangkomen.org