Saturday, February 25, 2012

Know Your Breasts

I recently read a post called Protecting Your Boobs! and I wanted to share the information.  The post is about breast cancer and has some prevention tips.  My step-mother died a couple years ago from her battle with breast cancer.  We all think we are invincible – we aren’t.

Breast Cancer is the most common cancer among Canadian women.  It is estimated that an average of 445 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer every WEEK in Canada alone.  Sadly 100 Canadian women die of breast cancer each week.  Although one in nine women are expected to develop breast cancer by the time she is 90, there is cause to be optimistic.  Because of advances in treatment, support through donations, and improved screening, the incidence of breast cancer has stabilized and the death rate has fallen by more than 30%.

A huge advantage in the fight for survival from breast cancer is early detection.  Be aware of your breasts.  Do examinations regularly so you know what your breasts feel like and can detect any changes.  Breast cancer is also not restricted to women, approximately 180 men are diagnosed annually.

Some changes to be aware of are the following:
  • Changes to the size or shape of one or both breasts.
  • Unusual, persistent pain the breast or armpit area.
  • Swelling under the armpit or below the collarbone.
  • Nipple changes including the shape, position, being pulled inward, or discharge
  • Redness, irritation, rash, or scaly skin
  • Consistency like lumps, thickening, dimpling, or puckering
If you are not sure about a change, check again after your next period or in a few weeks if you are not menstruating.  If you are still uncertain, contact your doctor.

There are many options available to donate for the cure.  A list is maintained on the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation’s website.

Take Care,  D


Resources:
Protecting your Boobs
 http://jenandjoeygogreen.blogspot.com/2011/10/protecting-your-boobs.html

Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation
http://www.cbcf.org/

Disclosure:  I am not a health professional and all information expressed is either based on my non-expert opinion or the above mentioned resources.  Please see a real health professional if you have any concerns.

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