October is breast cancer awareness month and we are ready to beat breast cancer once and for all. The best way to beat breast cancer is to detect it early. When diagnosed in its early stages breast cancer is a very treatable disease. According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, stage one breast cancer has nearly 100 percent survival rate and stage two is over 90 percent. Breast cancer is the second most common form of cancer among American women. It occurs when cells divide and multiply at an abnormally fast rate. Early detection is the best way to lower your risk of death from breast cancer, as it can become increasingly invasive if the cancer cells spread to other parts of your body. You can do self-examinations to look for lumps and abnormalities in your breast tissue and the surrounding area. This quick exam can save lives by helping you detect cancer while in its early phases.
How to do a self-examination:
• Raise one arm over your head and bend it back behind your neck.
• With the opposite hand, move the pads of your fingers in small circular motions around your breast.
• You can also move in vertical motions and radial motions, the goal is to apply medium pressure and feel for lumps and tenderness
Know the facts:
• One in eight women will develop invasive breast cancer in her lifetime
• This year in the US, 252,710 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer
• Most breast cancers are found in women who are 50 years and older
• Rare forms of breast cancer like BIA-ALCL are caused by certain types of breast implants
If you or someone you know have any questions regarding your breast health, call or visit your OBGYN.
For more information on breast cancer please visit ww5.komen.org