October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

With early detection we can save lives.

Every person should know the symptoms and signs of breast cancer, and any time an abnormality is discovered, it should be investigated by a healthcare professional.  Most people who have breast cancer symptoms and signs will initially notice only one or two, and the presence of these symptoms and signs do not automatically mean that you have breast cancer.By performing monthly breast self-exams, you will be able to more easily identify any changes in your breast.  Be sure to talk to your healthcare professional if you notice anything unusual.

With early detection we can save lives. Everyone should have a mammogram by the age of 40 or if you have a family history of breast cancer, the earlier the better.

Some Symptoms include: 

  • Nipple tenderness or a lump or thickening in or near the breast or underarm area
  • A change in the skin texture or an enlargement of pores in the skin of the breast  (some describe this as similar to an orange peel’s texture)
  • A lump in the breast (It’s important to remember that all lumps should be investigated by a healthcare professional, but not all lumps are cancerous.)

For more information on treatment and how you can help go to:

http://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/breast-cancer-awareness-month

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