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The month of October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It’s a time when people across the nation work to raise awareness of the disease in the hopes of saving the lives of women.

Did you Know?

  • One in 8 women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.
  • Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death due to cancer in women.
  • Although rare, breast cancer can also affect men.
  • Breast cancer deaths have been declining due to increased awareness, early detection, and improved screenings.
  • There are over 3 million breast cancer survivors living in the U.S.

What are some common symptoms of breast cancer?

  • area of thickened tissue or a lump in the breast or armpit
  • pain in the breast or armpit not associated with the monthly cycle
  • pitting, redness, peeling, flaking, or scaling of the skin of the breast
  • change in breast size or shape
  • nipple discharge
  • rash around or on a nipple
  • inverted nipple

What are some common risk factors for breast cancer?

  • a history of breast cancer or lumps
  • a close relative who has or had breast cancer
  • increased age
  • prolonged exposure to estrogen
  • excess body weight
  • dense breast tissue
  • higher rate of alcohol consumption
  • smoking

What do you need to do?

  • perform self-breast exams regularly
  • schedule yearly mammograms
  • maintain a healthy lifestyle, with proper nutrition and exercise
  • notify your doctor immediately if you have any concerns or notice any of the symptoms mentioned above

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, The National Breast Cancer Foundation is giving away free Breast Health Guides. Request your guide at http://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/breast-cancer-awareness-month.