October is National Breast Cancer Awarness Month

Western New England is a proud supporter of Breast Cancer Awareness.

Breast Cancer is one of the many forms of cancer among  men and women in the United States. Breast cancer screening involves checking a the breast area for cancer before any symptoms appear. According to the CDC, most women who are 50 to 74 years old should have a screening mammogram every two years.  However, to detect it early as a young adult, screening should be done every 6 months to one year. If you think you have symptoms of breast cancer, ask your doctor to perform a mammogram.

Some symptoms include the following:

  • New lump in the breast or underarm(armpit).
  • Redness or flaky skin in the nipple area or the breast.
  • Nipple discharge other than breast milk, including blood.
  • Pain in the breast.
  • For more information visit: www.cdc.gov/cancer/breast/

Who has higher risk of breast cancer

  • Some young women have a higher risk of getting breast cancer than other women, this may be due to genetic predisposition.
  • Change in breast cancer gene (BRCA1 and BRCA2).
  • Being overweight, especially after menopause.
  • A personal history of breast cancer, dense breasts, or some other breast problems.
  • For more information visit: www.cdc.gov/cancer/breast/

 

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