It’s Breast Cancer Awareness month, and Harriett’s Daughters is helping raise awareness. We are dedicating each week on our social media to share resources and information, so please make sure you’re following us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!
Why is it important to raise awareness for breast cancer? According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the most common cancer in the United States, aside from skin cancers. And there is a chance that 1 in every 8 women will develop breast cancer. The hope is that raising awareness will encourage more women to get screened. Which will increase the chances of detecting symptoms in the early stages of cancer when treatment has its highest potential for success.
What is breast cancer? It is when cells in the breast begin to multiply and grow fast and the growth forms a tumor (lump).
Additional symptoms to look for in breast cancer 👇
New lump in the breast or in the armpit.
Thickening or swelling of part of the breast.
Irritation or dimpling of breast skin.
Redness or flaky skin in the nipple area of the breast.
Pulling in of the nipple.
Nipple discharge, including blood.
Any changes in the size or shape of the breast.
Pain in the breast.
It is important to note, these symptoms can be found in other conditions, not just breast cancer. Talk to a health care provider right away, if you notice any of these symptoms.
There are different types of breast cancers. Here is a list of the different types.
When should I start getting a mammogram? The American College of Radiology and Society of Breast Imaging state:
Women ages 30-40 should have a risk assessment test done, to see if they need screenings earlier than the age of 40.
Women ages 40 should start getting screened because that is the average breast cancer risk. They should get mammograms every year.
Mammograms can be expensive, here is a list of where to find low-cost mammograms.
Check, before it’s too late.
Cancer cells can spread, or metastasize, to other parts of the body if not found early enough. Make sure that you’re going to your yearly checkups and doing your breast self-exam.
A list of resources 👇