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What You Need To Know: Breast Cancer

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I am especially moved to write this column regarding the awareness of breast cancer. October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, it’s an important cause to me because it affects women, and women are so important to me! Think of women that you know: Mothers, Sisters, Daughters, Wives and Friends.

One in eight women will get breast cancer in the United States each year, accoding to the National Cancer Institute. Breast cancer is the most common invasive cancer in females worldwide, it accounts for 16% of all female cancers and 22.9% of invasive cancers in women.  18.2 % of all cancer deaths worldwide – in both males and females – are from breast cancer. In 2013 alone we have sadly had 232,340 new cases and lost the lives of 39,620 (women) and 410 (men).

Breast cancer is more than 100 times more common in women than in men. Male Breast Cancer has less diagnosis however often more fatal as it is rare that men do regular check ups. Find out more about Male Breast Cancer via the His Breast Cancer Site .

How To Look For Signs

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The first noticeable symptom of breast cancer is typically a lump that feels different from the rest of the breast tissue. More than 80 percent of breast cancer cases are discovered when a woman feels a lump. The earliest breast cancers are detected by a mammogram. Lumps found in lymph nodes located in the armpits can also indicate breast cancer. Other symptoms include;  New Lumps, one breast becoming larger or lower (although some men and women do naturally sometimes have this issue without it being harmful), a nipple changing position or shape or becoming inverted, skin puckering or dimpling, a rash on or around a nipple, discharge from nipples (this can be common in healthy women too), constant pain in part of the breast or armpit and swelling beneath the armpit or around the collarbone.

Prevention

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Having regular mammograms is important after the age of 35 years old and, according to The United States Preventive Services Task Force, it is suggested women ages 50 to 74 years should get a mammogram every two years, and women younger than age 50 should talk to a doctor about how often to have a mammogram. To learn more about mammograms click here at WomensHealth.  Do everything you can to prevent disease by making sure to get regular check ups for early detection.  Early detection is life saving.

Genetics plays a role in all diseases. Nutrition and exercise are the best ways to control our environment, performing aerobic and anaerobic exercise will strengthen your heart, lungs, musculoskeletal system and immune system. Exercises also strengthens the body and the mind. Choose the healthiest foods possible, like certified organic whole foods which are free of disease causing chemical additives, hormones and steroids.

Susan G. Komen is one of the best non-profit’s supporting breast cancer research and awareness. For information visit www.komen.org

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I think everyone has a friend or relative who has been touched by cancer. We all can MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

 

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Posted on: October 18, 2014