Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Know Your Boobs

admin October 14, 2013 0
Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Know Your Boobs

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and it is important that we all become more familiar with the disease because more and more women (and even men) are getting diagnosed with it each year. This year in the United States alone, there have been 232,340 new cases reported among women and a total of 39,620 deaths thus far according to the National Care Institute.

There are two types of breast cancer.  The most common form is ductal carcinoma, which begins in the lining of the milk ducts. The other form is lobular carcinoma, which begins in the lobules of the breast. It becomes invasive breast cancer when it spreads from where it began in the ducts or lobules to normal tissues.

We know that there is no for sure way to prevent breast cancer because there is no clear risk factor as to why or how someone can get breast cancer (some unchangeable possible risk factors can hereditary, gender-related, age and race) but there are ways where you can increase your chances of fighting it if detected early.  It is important to get your mammograms every two years mainly when you get close to forty years of age. Also, you can do in-home breast exams on yourself. In the shower you can take the pads of your fingers and move your breast around in a circular motion inspecting for any lumps or hard knots or in the mirror you can visually check for any swelling or changes in the nipples.

It is important to learn your boobs so the minute you detect any abnormalities you can instantly get it seen about. The sooner things can get detected the better chances you have to continue to live a healthy life.

There is so much information on breast cancer and if you want to read further click on the links below to read about the most recent information:

http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/types/breast

http://www.cancer.org/cancer/breastcancer/overviewguide/breast-cancer-overview-what-causes

http://womenshealth.gov/publications/our-publications/fact-sheet/mammograms.html

http://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/breast-self-exam

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