Sunday, September 30, 2012

October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

What is breast cancer?
Breast cancer is a malignant tumor that starts in the cells of the breast. A malignant tumor is a group of cancer cells that can grow into (invade) surrounding tissues or spread (metastasize) to distant areas of the body. The disease occurs almost entirely in women, but men can get it, too. 

What are the signs and symptoms of
breast cancer?

Breast cancer typically produces no symptoms when the tumor
is small and most treatable. Therefore, it is very important for
women to follow recommended screening guidelines for detecting
breast cancer at an early stage, before symptoms develop.
When breast cancer has grown to a size that can be felt, the most
common physical sign is a painless lump.

Ladies, this is why "Timely Detection" is so important!

What are the known risk factors for
breast cancer?

Factors such as age, family history, early menarche, and late menopause, are not modifiable. However, other factors associated with increased breast cancer risk, including postmenopausal obesity, use of combined estrogen and progestin menopausal hormones, alcohol consumption, and physical inactivity, are modifiable.
-Learn family history, eat healthfully and live an active life style!

*data provided by American Cancer Society, Surveillance Research, 2011


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