They report that breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women.
A mammogram - the screening for breast cancer - can help find breast cancer early when it’s easier to treat. Women who are ages 40 to 49 are encouraged to talk with their doctors about when to start getting mammograms.
About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point.
Self-exams and partner examinations will greatly help in early detection as well. Adult women of all ages are encouraged to perform a breast self-exam once per month.
Try to pick the same time each month to perform your examination. Because of hormonal fluctuations in the body that affect breast tissue, performing this test at the same time each month will help you notice any changes that may have occurred.
Visual examination is your best tool. Look for any of the following changes:
- a lump, hard knot or thickening inside the breast or underarm area
- swelling, redness or darkening of the breast, as well as a feeling of warmness
- any change in size or shape of the breast
- any puckering of the skin or dimpling
- any rash on the nipple, itching or scaly area on the nipple
- nipple discharge with sudden onset
- new pain in one spot that does not subside
Being proactive can save your life.
We will be posting additional articles throughout the month, all pertaining to different aspects of breast cancer. Be on the lookout for our next article on what factors can increase a woman's risk of breast cancer.