Good Morning and happy Monday! This week we are starting things off with a little awareness. As you know October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and that’s when the whole world goes PINK in an effort to bring aware awareness and change to a terrible disease that one in eight, yes 1:8 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.
So think about if you gathered yourself and 7 other females in your life. This stat of 1:8 means that one of you will be diagnosed with breast cancer. I don’t know about you, but that crazy to me.
Here are a few more stats that just blow my mind!
- Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women.*
- Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women.*
- Each year it is estimated that over 246,660 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,000 will die.*
- Although breast cancer in men is rare, an estimated 2,600 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and approximately 440 will die each year.*
- On average, every 2 minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer and 1 woman will die of breast cancer every 13 minutes.*
- Over 2.8 million breast cancer survivors are alive in the United States today.*
I believe early detection is KEY!! Looks for signs:
- A change in how the breast or nipple feels
- A change in the breast or nipple appearance
- Any nipple discharge—particularly clear discharge or bloody discharge
At-Home Self Breast Exams
Give yourself a breast self-exam once a month 7-10 days after menstrual period starts which is also when breasts are the least tender and lumpy.
If they are no longer menstruating, then select the same day of the month (first of the month for example) and mark it on the calendar to remind yourself when to perform this self exam.
What to look for is a change from last month’s exam to this month’s exam. It is not unusual to have lumpy or bumpy breasts. Look for any changes in breast tissue, such as changes in size, feeling a palpable lump, dimpling or puckering of the breast, inversion of the nipple, redness or scaliness of the breast skin, redness or scaliness of the nipple/areola area, or discharge of secretions from the nipple.
Note: If you discover a persistent lump in your breast or any changes, it is very important that you see a physician immediately.
This is not to scare anyone, it’s simply to bring and raise awareness.