breast cancer: still one of the most prevalent types of cancer:

By Barrow Group Staff / October 22, 2021

breast cancer awareness

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Although most people are aware of breast cancer, many forget to create a plan to detect the disease in its early stages. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, take some time to learn more about the disease.

Understand the Symptoms:

These are the most common symptoms:

  • Nipple tenderness
  • A lump or thickening in or near the breast or underarm area.
  • A change in the skin’s texture or an enlargement of pores on the breast (sometimes described as similar to the texture of an orange peel)
  • A noticeable lump directly on the breast

Understand the Risk Factors:

Learn more about the following factors that may increase your risk for developing breast cancer:

  • Sex: One in 8 women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of their lifetime. In contrast, men only make up 1% of diagnosed cases.
  • Age: Your risk for breast cancer typically increases as you get older.
  • Family History: Less than 15% of women diagnosed have a family member who was diagnosed with breast cancer. However, a woman’s risk for breast cancer is nearly doubled if she has a first-degree relative (i.e., a mother, sister or daughter) who has been diagnosed.
  • Genetics: Women with a BRCA1 mutation have up to a 72% lifetime risk of developing breast cancer, and women with a BRCA2 mutation have a 69% lifetime risk.

What can you do?

There is no way to fully prevent breast cancer, but there are steps you can take to possibly lower your risk:

  • Limit alcohol
  • Don’t smoke
  • Get regular mammograms and general health screenings.
  • Limit dose and duration of hormone therapy.
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Be physically active.
  • Avoid exposure to radiation and environmental pollution.
  • If you have questions or concerns about breast cancer, reach out to your doctor.

Topics: Breast Cancer Awareness, Breast Cancer Risk Factors, Breast Cancer Symptoms

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