Monday, October 10, 2011

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

I support Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Whatever our age, size or shape, it’s important to take care of our breasts and be aware of the symptoms. One in nine women will unfortunately develop breast cancer at some point in their lives. Let’s keep awareness up… catching cancer early can make a big difference on survival. 

To pick up potential problems at the earliest possible opportunity, we need to be aware of any changes in our breasts. The common changes include:

1. A lump or thickening in or near the breast or in the underarm area.
2. A change in the size or shape of the breast.
3. Dimpling or puckering in the skin of the breast.
4. A nipple turned inward into the breast.
5. Discharge (fluid) from the nipple, especially if it's bloody.
6. Scaly, red, or swollen skin on the breast, nipple, or areola (the dark area of skin at the center of the breast). The skin may have ridges or pitting so that it looks like the skin of an orange.

If you notice a change, please see your health care provider straight away. We have to remember that "THE BEST PROTECTION IS EARLY DETECTION".

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