Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October

Updated: Dec 7, 2020

The Breast Cancer Awareness Month, marked in countries across the world every October, helps to increase attention and support for the awareness, early detection and treatment as well as palliative care of this disease.

Τhere is not sufficient knowledge on the causes of breast cancer, therefore, early detection of the disease remains the cornerstone of breast cancer control. When breast cancer is detected early, and if adequate diagnosis and treatment are available, there is a good chance that breast cancer can be cured. If detected late, however, curative treatment is often no longer an option. In such cases, palliative care to relief the suffering of patients and their families is needed.

Today a woman's chance of being diagnosed with breast cancer is still 1 in 8. Of course there has been progress in breast cancer research. Over the last 30 years, and thanks to improvements in early detection and better treatment, mortality rates have declined.

Know the Symptoms of Breast Cancer

  • Changes in skin color and/or texture such as redness, rash or orange peel appearance.

  • Changes in size or shape of breast including swelling, dimpling or puckering.

  • Change in the appearance of nipple including nipple that is turning inward that normally has pointed outward or is scaly or cracked.

  • Spontaneous nipple discharge.

  • Lump or thickening in or near breast or in the underarm area.

Take Charge of Your Breast Health

Every woman needs to talk to her health-care provider about her risk factors for breast cancer to determine when to begin and how often to have clinical breast exams and mammograms. It is also important for women to be awareof what is normal for them and to see their health-care provider if they notice

any breast changes.

Take control of your breast health by following the underarm area.

Breast cancer screening guidelines:

  • Age 40 & Over - Mammogram and clinical breast exam yearly, monthly self breast exam

  • A clinical breast-exam is when a health-care provider looks for and feels for any changes in your breasts.

  • A mammogram is an x-ray of the breast. It can detect breast cancer two to three years before a lump can be felt.

  • Age 20s & 30s - Clinical breast exam yearly and monthly breast self exam

  • Starting in 20s - Monthly self breast exam and clinical breast exam yearly

Remember, early detection is the best prevention! Do it for yourself and do it for your family!

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