October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Make a difference! Spread the word about mammograms and encourage communities, organizations, families, and individuals to get involved.

About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point.

The good news is that many women can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early. A mammogram – the screening test for breast cancer – can help find breast cancer early when it’s easier to treat.

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a chance to raise awareness about the importance of early detection of breast cancer. Make a difference! Spread the word about mammograms and encourage communities, organizations, families, and individuals to get involved.

Symptoms of breast cancer include:

A lump in your breast
Most people know that a lump or mass in the breast can be a symptom of breast cancer.

Swelling in or around your breast, collarbone, or armpit
Breast swelling can be caused by inflammatory breast cancer, a particularly aggressive form of the disease.

Skin thickening or redness
If the skin of your breast starts to feel like an orange peel or gets red, have it checked right away. Often, these are caused by mastitis, a breast infection common among women who are breast feeding

Breast warmth and itching
breast warmth and itching may be symptoms of mastitis – or inflammatory breast cancer.

Nipple changes
If your nipple turns inward, or the skin on it thickens or gets red or scaly, get checked by a doctor right away.

Nipple discharge
A discharge (other than milk) from the nipple may be alarming, but in most cases it is caused by injury, infection, or a benign tumor (not cancer). Breast cancer is a possibility, though, especially if the fluid is bloody, so your doctor needs to check it out.

Pain
Although most breast cancers do not cause pain in the breast, some do. More often, women have breast pain or discomfort that is related to their menstrual cycle.

For more information please visit www.cancer.org 

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