During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, it is important for you to know how this cancer that has affected more than 3 million women in the United States appears. It is the type of cancer that has affected most people in the US just after skin cancer.
According to the Mayo Clinic, this cancer forms when some breast cells begin to reproduce faster than normal, and it can develop due to either genetic, hormonal, or environmental factors.
Since a lot of research has been done by creating awareness about this disease, survival rates have increased, and breast cancer can be treatable if caught in the early stages.
Symptoms that can help detect breast cancer include the following:
- A lump in the breast that feels different from the skin around it from the lump around it
- Inverted nipples
- Change in the size, shape, or appearance of a breast
- Scaling, scabbing, or peeling on the areola of the breast
- Changes in the skin of the breast, such as dimpling
- Redness or small holes on the skin of the breast
Some practices that can help you reduce your risk of developing breast cancer include consuming alcohol in moderation, exercising several times a week, maintaining a healthy weight and diet, limiting hormone therapy, getting regular checkups, and examining your breasts often to raise awareness and be able to notice any changes immediately, as the time factor is essential for effective treatment.
It is important to keep in mind that this disease is preventable, but it is not limited to women, since men can also develop breast cancer, although it is not so frequent. It is also not limited to people with a genetic history of breast cancer, nor to people over a certain age.
If you think you have any of the symptoms mentioned above, or any other irregularity in your breasts, make an appointment with your gynecologist or your general practitioner as soon as possible. If you or someone you love shows symptoms of breast cancer or has been diagnosed, you can seek support from Share, an organization that offers dedicated and experienced support for women struggling with breast, uterine, ovarian, or metastatic breast cancer. (844-275-7427).
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