Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Oct is Breast Cancer Awareness

This month brings awareness to breast cancer issues and recognizes the great advances made in breast cancer awareness, research, and treatment. But there still remains much to do.  

What is Breast Cancer? The American Cancer Society defines Breast cancer as a group of diseases in which cells in breast tissue change and divide uncontrolled, typically resulting in a lump or mass.  

The National Breast Cancer Foundation highlights that in 2019, an estimated 268,600 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women in the U.S. In fact,  1 in 8 women in the United States will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. Although rare, men can also develop breast cancer; the risk of breast cancer for U.S. men is about 1 in 1,000.   

The American Cancer Society highlights the most common signs and symptoms

  • Swelling of all or part of a breast (even if no lump is felt) 
  • Skin dimpling (sometimes looking like an orange peel) 
  • Breast or nipple pain 
  • Nipple retraction (turning inward) 
  • Nipple or breast skin that is red, dry, flaking or thickened 
  • Nipple discharge (other than breast milk)    
  • Swollen lymph nodes (Sometimes a breast cancer can spread to lymph nodes under the arm or around the collar bone and cause a lump or swelling there, even before the original tumor in the breast is large enough to be felt.)   

Its important to note that these symptoms can be caused by other than breast cancer. Screenings and Mammograms can save life's. Finding breast cancer earlier reduces the chances of dying from the disease. For more information please visit The American Cancer Society or to schedule a screening reach out to your healthcare provider today.