Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast cancer awareness month. But as we know, we really need to be aware every single day. 1 in 8 women will get breast cancer and the best protection is early detection.

 

Many of the symptoms of breast cancer are invisible and not noticeable without a professional screening like a mammogram or ultrasound. But some symptoms can be caught early just by looking out for certain changes in your breasts and being proactive about your breast health.

 

  • Lump or thickening in or near the breast
  • Change in size or shape of the breast
  • Dimpling or puckering of the skin of the breast
  • Nipple discharge

Over my 20 years practicing medicine, I have had patients of many different ages afflicted with Breast Cancer from women in their 30s to up to their 80s. I’ve also had one male patient who was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. Male breast cancer is very rare and develops in less than 1%of men.

 

It never gets easy. From close family members to friends it can and will affect someone you know.

 

Breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women. Again, about 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer sometime during her life. The good news is that mammograms can help find breast cancer early. Most women can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early.

How often should I get mammograms?

  • Women ages 40 to 49
    Talk with your doctor about when to start getting mammograms and how often to get them.
  • Women ages 50 to 74
    Get mammograms every 2 years. Talk with your doctor to decide if you need them more often.

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