Breast Cancer Awareness: Information & Overview

24 Oct , 2020

I recently received a few emails overloaded with questions and concerns about one issue in particular. And, as you probably know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Which is what prompted this week’s subject.

Too many of you are not taking the right steps toward preventing breast cancer. There, I said it.

But after much thought, I realized a lot of women out there don’t know the few simple steps they could take to decrease the probability of getting breast cancer. So in order to change this, I’m going to share with you just a few simple things you can do to help prevent it.

Breast Cancer Signs and Symptoms

If you are a woman who is experiencing some of the common signs of breast cancer, it is important to take the time to visit your doctor. While most women do not have to worry about these problems, some women should be concerned about any of these signs so that they can get screened for early detection and hopefully find a treatment or cure for their breast cancer.

The first most common breast cancer symptoms are the formation of a small lump or mass in the breast area. A painful, small, soft mass with irregular edges is more likely than not to be cancerous, but most breast cancers are soft, tender, or slightly raised. They may also be painful as well.

Another common breast cancer symptoms are swelling of the breast (even if there is no pain felt), which is often associated with the nipple turning red and feeling tender or uncomfortable. The nipple can also turn yellow if there is excessive blood in the breast, which could also be a sign of cancer.

Other possible signs of cancer include having a change in texture or consistency of the breast such as sagging, swelling, etc. These changes may also occur in other parts of the body as well, so it’s very important to have your doctor check your breasts regularly. It is also important to remember that the symptoms of cancer that we discuss here are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to breast cancers. Women who feel any or all of the above symptoms should visit a doctor and have a mammogram (which is basically a test where an x-ray is taken of the breasts), which will help the doctor to detect any unusual changes.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

As a feature of the National Breast Cancer Awareness month, the time has come to inspire women to get checked, settle on sound decisions, and take care of their breast health. Moreover, people are inspired to make support and donations for this reason so an ever-increasing number of women can be offered the help and support they need.

Why is Breast Self-Exam Important?

Performing regular breast self-exams will allow you to become comfortable with how your breasts look and feel, so that if anything changes, you’ll know. See your doctor immediately if you notice any of the following changes in your breasts:

  • A lump, hard knot, or thickening
  • New pain in one area that doesn’t go away
  • Swelling, warmth, redness, or darkening
  • Change in the size or shape
  • Dimpling or puckering of the skin
  • Nipple discharge that starts suddenly
  • Nipples become sore, have a rash on it, scaly and or itchy.
  • Nipple inversion (pulling in of your nipple) or other parts of the breast

When Should I Get a Breast Exam by a Medical Specialist?

A clinical breast exam is done by your doctor or nurse in an office, clinic, or medical center. He or she will look at and feel your breasts and under your arms to look for breast changes. Sometimes breast cancer can be felt and not seen on a mammogram.

Have a breast exam:

  • When you are age 20
  • At least every 3 years between ages 20 and 39
  • Every year if you are over age 40

At the Legal Abortion by Pill Clinic, we will perform a medical breast exam every time you come in for your yearly annual exam and any other time if there is a problem that needs to be addressed.

Please call our office nearest you for an appointment to have a breast exam done performed any day of the week.

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