Think Pink! We All Need To Know About Breast Cancer
Western New England University is a proud supporter of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
According to The American Cancer Society, approximately 1 of 8 United States women will develop breast cancer, 1 in 1,000 men. Fortunately, with early detection and early treatment, many will survive.
Everyone has different risks for Breast cancer dependent on their age, risk factors and family history. All women and men should discuss their risks and plan their individual Breast cancer screening with their health care provider. It is most important that we all become educated and stay up to date with the most recent Breast cancer research information.
That is the importance of Breast cancer awareness month.
If you are under the age of 40 and you have a family history of breast cancer or ovarian cancer, talk to your provider now about screening.
According to The American Cancer Society, if you are a woman age 40-49, you should begin to discuss mammograms and with your health care provider and their recommended frequency. If you are a woman age 50-79, you should have mammograms every 2 years and possibly more, if you chose, with your health care provider.
If you are a man, no recommendations currently exist for mammograms. However, if you have a family history of breast cancer (in women or men), and/or ovarian cancer you should discuss testing options with your health care provider.
Because sometimes no symptoms are felt at all in the earliest stages, nothing is more effective than regular screening mammograms and testing. Regular self breast examination assists early detection as you may become very familiar with your breast tissue. Any new change such as a breast lumps should be reported to and evaluated by a provider. Other reportable changes include swelling of any part or all of the breast, nipple or breast pain, and nipple discharge or inward/retracted nipple position. Also breast itching, irritation or dimpling. And any breast tissue or nipple redness, thickening or lumps in the armpit.
For accurate Breast cancer awareness information visit The American Cancer Society Web Page: http://www.cancer.org/cancer/breastcancer/acsd-009149
Another evidence based site for information is The CDC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/breast/index.htm
Keep up to date on your Breast cancer information for you, and your loved ones.
We cannot prevent all Breast cancers, but the more we all know about Breast cancer the better our chances of early detection, successful treatment, and progress towards that cure!