Be breast Aware This October
- 01 Oct 2019
We all have a loved one or someone we’ve known that’s been affected by breast cancer… or perhaps you yourself have been treated for the disease? Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we’re proudly donning our pink ribbons, sharing some important information, and advising everyone to become more breast aware this October.
- Most common cancer in woman
Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in women. Although men do get breast cancer, the disease is up to 100 times more common in ladies. In early stages of the illness, treatment has proven to be highly effective. However, time is of essence. So, check your breasts regularly so can spot any abnormalities and have them checked out by a doctor without delay.
- There is no one cause
According to the medical research so far, it’s believed that the cause of breast cancer is a mixture of different factors including genes, aging, poor lifestyle choices, and your surrounding environment. However, there are things you can do to mitigate your chances of developing it. Making health lifestyle choices like getting regular exercise, eating nutritious food, keeping stress levels low will improve your health in general. Also, speak to your family and find out if you have a family history of the disease, that way you will be able to tell if you may be genetically prone to it.
- Check yourself regularly
Quick regular self-examinations are vital for early detection, but also ensure you’re seeing your GP regularly and having her check them too. When you do it yourself, there are a few things to look out for… Firstly, make sure you check the area on and surrounding your breasts, as well as your armpits and as far as your collarbone. You are checking for any changes in shape or size, any redness or rashes on or around the nipple, and any discharge coming from the nipple. You’re also looking out for any swelling in the arm pit or collarbone areas, any lumps or thickening of the skin or changes in texture. Finally, if your nipple has become inverted or you are in pain, you should see your doctor immediately.
- There is no one treatment
Treatments differ hugely from person to person depending on the type of breast cancer, the stage of progression, the patient’s age, and other factors. Typically, it will involve a mixture of different treatments such as surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy, and medication. It is only after your diagnosis that your medical professions will have the information necessary to decide which treatment will be best for you.
This October let’s show those with breast cancer our support and admiration by becoming more breast aware. Remember, early detection is key when it comes to breast cancer, so be vigilant.