” She is clothed in strength and dignity & laughs without fear of the future. “
Most women feel they are invincible when it comes to breast cancer until it is their mom, grandmother, sister, or aunt. We, as women, should take better care of our bodies and pay closer attention to its changes. An enlarged lymph node under your armpit, or a lump on your breast may seem minor, but it may be a warning sign. Any breast lump, or change should be examined by a health care provider to determine whether it is benign or cancer, and whether it might impact your future cancer risk.
The most common symptom of breast cancer is a new lump or mass. A mass that is painless, hard, and has irregular edges is more likely to be cancer, but breast cancer can be tender, soft, or rounded. It can even be painful.
Symptoms of Breast Cancer
Possible symptoms of breast cancer include:
- Swelling of all or part of a breast
- Skin irritation or dimpling
- Breast or nipple pain
- Nipple retraction (turning inward)
- Redness, scaliness, or thickening of the nipple or breast skin
- A nipple discharge other than breast milk
A mammogram is an x-ray of the breast.
A mammogram can often find or detect breast cancer early, when it’s small and even before a lump can be felt. This is when it’s easiest to treat.
A Great Tip When Getting a Mammogram
Always describe any breast changes or problems you’re having to the technologist performing the mammogram. Also describe any medical history that could affect your breast cancer risk – such as surgery, hormone use, breast cancer in your family, or if you’ve had breast cancer before.
Make a difference
Want to start a breast cancer fundraiser or participate in a fundraiser event? Susan G. Komen® has provided multiple ideas to support the breast cancer community. Some of their ideas are pink lemonade stands, pink bingo night, pink out your sporting event, 5k walks & so much more. If you are in the north Florida area, Making Strides of Jacksonville is Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 9:00 AM.
“You walk with us in support of the survivors, as well as the ones we’ve lost. You walk for yourself and for the ones you’ll never know. And you walk for the ones you hope that you’ll never have to walk for.”