Every October is a breast cancer awareness month to increase the awareness about the origin, breast cancer diagnosis, treatment, care and breast cancer prevention. This month the pink color ribbon, the breast cancer symbol appears in various places as a reminder of breast cancer awareness and support. This month is not only about providing information but providing support to those who have been diagnosed, treated, or lost their loved one to the disease.
Breast cancer affects older women more than it affects young and middle-aged women. The risk of developing breast cancer increases drastically over age, making seniors the most likely age group to suffer from it.
What is Breast Cancer?
Breast cancer develops in breast cells. It is formed in either the ducts or lobules of the breast. Lobules are glands that produce milk and ducts are like a pathway that passes the milk from the glands to the nipple. Cancer can also grow in the fibrous connective tissue within the breast. The cancer cells often attack other healthy breast tissue and move to the arms’ lymph nodes. The lymph nodes are a major pathway that helps the cancer cells travel to other parts of the body.
Breast cancer awareness for symptoms and risk should be public knowledge, just like we know when someone has the flu. The more people will know about it the better the chances of detecting abnormalities or breast cancer in its early stages when breast cancer treatment treatment can be successful.
Most important thing that women need to know about breast cancer is the risk factors. These risk factors can include heavy alcohol consumption, tobacco, genetics, women over 50 and older, and family history of breast cancer. And there is not any specific breast cancer reason.
Why Self Breast Exams Necessary?
Self-breast examination is necessary, and women should perform them from the privacy and comfort of their own homes for at least a month. A perfect time is after a few days of your periods as your breasts are less likely to be swollen or tender during this time, and you can start a baseline for feeling and appearance. If anything unusual or new is detected, please connect with the doctor as soon as possible to schedule an appointment for a professional examination.
Symptoms Of Breast Cancer
Breast cancer can be deducted earlier and treated also. So do not include symptoms which include lumps or lump in the breast, swelling, changes to the nipples like redness, pain, dryness, turning inward, thickest texture, dimpling in the skin, discharge from the nipple area and change to the shape or size of the breast.
Breast cancer can’t be prevented, but you can avoid some risk factors and work towards early signs of breast cancer. Doctors will advise you to maintain a healthy lifestyle to decrease the risk, improve longevity and improve overall health, but even the healthy women who have never once smoked a cigarette had alcohol or have no family history of the disease. Rate of breast cancer fatality can be decreased by making sure that the women are aware of how to perform the self-breast examination and the specific early symptoms of breast cancer they need to watch for.