Get to Know the Facts About Breast Cancer Today
The Disease is Not Only for Women…
According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, each year it is estimated that nearly 200,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer while approximately 1,700 men will also be diagnosed with breast cancer. While these numbers are staggering, doctors have made great strides in early diagnosis and treatment, reducing the number of deaths caused by breast cancer. The last thirty years of research have produced more options in treatment and procedures for every stage and type of breast cancer.
Preventive Steps to Fit Your Lifestyle
Look into your lifestyle and consider whether you need to make healthy changes now! Some lifestyle strategies may help reduce your risk of developing breast cancer. Mayo Clinic suggests that you take steps to:
- Limit alcohol
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Avoid long-term hormone therapy
- Stay physically active
- Eat foods high in fiber
- Use olive oil in cooking
- Avoid exposure to pesticides
Know What to Look For- Signs & Symptoms
Getting familiar with some of the warning signs may save a life. When breast cancer is detected early, there are more options for treatment and a better chance for a cure. The most common sign of breast cancer for both men and women is a lump in the breast though there are other potential signs that are not as well known. Other signs include:
- A spontaneous clear or bloody discharge from your nipple, often associated with a breast lump
- Retraction or indentation of your nipple
- A change in the size or contours of your breast
- Any flattening or indentation of the skin over your breast
- Redness or pitting of the skin over your breast, like the skin of an orange
These symptoms are published by Mayo Clinic. If any of these symptoms are detected, see your doctor for a further evaluation.
Screening recommendations from the National Cancer Institute
For a guide for breast self-examination from the Mayo Clinic, use the following link and click on the designated area to enlarge the instructions
Create an early detection program customized for you with the National Breast Cancer Foundation
What Can I Do?
Taking preventive measures in your life is important as well as getting the recommended screenings but what can you do if someone you know is diagnosed?
Be a friend and listen. Research some of the facts and try to become familiar with some of the things your friend may be feeling. By doing any of these things, it can give you a better idea of the type of support he or she may need.
When someone is diagnosed with breast cancer, they become a survivor. By giving your support as a friend, co-worker, or family member, you are considered a co-survivor-someone to give them strength, love and courage as they may need it.
See the online booklet from the National Cancer Institute “What You Need To Know About™ Breast Cancer”
Casual Up for Breast Cancer, a program through the National Breast Cancer Foundation, to help provide free mammograms for women who cannot afford them.
Susan G. Komen for the Cure