The significance and importance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month is to shine a light on a disease that will affect one in eight women. If detected early and treated thoroughly, it is survivable. However, many women do not know the early warning signs and symptoms, or they are too afraid or unable to get the tests and therapies that will save their lives. Women are also often too busy caring for others to take the time to do self-examinations.
That’s why Breast Cancer Awareness Month is the perfect time for us to share important information and remind all women to:
- Check your breasts at home.
- Go to the doctor if you feel a lump or anything out of the ordinary.
- Get regular mammograms.
Everyone knows about checking your breasts for lumps. And finding a mass in your breast tissue means you should make an appointment with your doctor right away. But there are other physical indications that you should be aware of as well:
- Skin Changes: If your breasts are red, itchy, or swollen, that could be a sign.
- Nipple Changes: Nipple discharge or nipple inversion are very strong indicators that something is wrong. Also pay attention to changes in the appearance of your nipples and if the skin peels or flakes.
- Size and Shape: An increase in breast size, or a change in its shape, could be symptoms.
- Heat and Tenderness: If your breasts feel warm or tender, heavy or burning, take that seriously.
Women, by middle age, become accustomed to their breasts changing throughout their monthly menstrual cycle, and for this reason may neglect to pay attention to some of these aberrations, assuming they are normal. Always go to the doctor, if there is even a hint of something off with your body.
Some women avoid mammograms because of anticipated discomfort. And yes, you may feel discomfort as your breast is pressed between two plastic plates, but it doesn’t last long. Women over 40 should talk to a physician about when to start; a family history may be good reason to start getting checked sooner. Women 50-74 should get mammograms at least every two years.
What You Can Do
What can you do to help the cause? Talk about it. Wear pink. Support causes that contribute money for research. If you have a friend who is resisting a mammogram, offer to drive her to the appointment, or go together for moral support. Don’t ignore the symptoms. Take it seriously.
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