Okay, so it’s not October, the month when Breast Cancer is commonly brought into the forefront of awareness. The reality is breast cancer doesn’t rest in between the months preceding October. Those cells continue to grow and divide out of control, creating a mass of tissue called a tumor in its victims.
Breast Cancer, even with today’s technology, remains a mystery. Sure, there have been certain risk factors linked to putting someone at a higher risk for developing breast cancer. Things such as age, personal health history, diet and genetic factors.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer, after skin cancer, among American woman. The reality is staggering with one in eight women developing breast cancer in their lifetime. Breast cancer follows lung cancer as the leading cause of cancer death in woman. Hold on to your seats, 226,870 women were estimated by the American Cancer Society to be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer. Of those, 39,510 will result in death.
The symptoms of breast cancer include:
- Lump or thickening in or near the breast or in the underarm that persists through the menstrual cycle.
- A mass or lump, which may feel as small as a pea.
- A change in the size, shape, or contour of the breast.
- A blood-stained or clear fluid discharge from the nipple.
- A change in the feel or appearance of the skin on the breast or nipple (dimpled, puckered, scaly, or inflamed).
- Redness of the skin on the breast or nipple.
- A change in shape or position of the nipple
- An area that is distinctly different from any other area on either breast.
- A marble-like hardened area under the skin.
Please, if you find any of these symptoms are common with you, please seek a physician’s care. It may be nothing, but it could be the detection that saves your life.
If you know a woman who has courageously battled cancer, please help bring awareness and consider making a breast cancer donation to help find a cure for the second leading cause of death among women. The life you save could be your own.