October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and our main goal all month long is to spread awareness about breast health…teaching others about breast cancer facts, early detection, common warning signs and more!
BREAST CANCER FACTS:
- Early Detection is KEY – because you will have more treatment options available, an increased survival rate and improved quality of life.
- Breast Cancer affects both women and men, though it is more common in women
- Women older than 50 make up the majority of breast cancer patients, however 10% of cases are found in women younger than 45.
- In 2020, the estimated number of cases of breast cancer in the United states is 276,480.
BREAST HEALTH & EARLY DETECTION:
It can’t be expressed enough the importance of early detection. Many times there are no symptoms, which makes early detection difficult. Usually by the time symptoms arise, the cancer has begun to spread — this is why it’s so important to routinely see your women’s health professional or medical provider for annual exams. Self breast exams and paying attention to your body is vital.
EARLY SIGNS OF BREAST CANCER:
Know the signs of breast cancer to help you catch potential issues early. Not all changes, pains or lumps will be cancerous but you should always discuss with your doctor.
Warning signs include:
- A lump in the breast or underarm
- Crustiness or rash of the nipple or areola
- Spontaneous or bloody discharge from the nipple
- Retraction or indentation of the nipple area
- Flattening or indentation of the skin covering the breast
- Redness or pitting of the breast skin, similar to that of an orange
- Change in the size of a breast
If you notice any of these issues or changes, definitely give your health care provider a call. If you do not have a health care provider there are many women’s health specialists and breast cancer specialists on our doctor directory at rutherfordsbestdoctors.com