October is generally known as the unofficial start of Autumn, and a chance to get spooked out by halloween costumes and decorations. The only thing scarier is that 1 in 8 women will develop Breast Cancer. October is Breast cancer Awareness Month, generally signified by a pink ribbon. It is one of those ubiquitous diseases where everyone knows someone who has suffered or survived. While, most of cancer is genetically predisposed, some of it is environmental factors, such as exercise and what you eat.
While Breast Cancer is usually found in women, it is not uncommon for it to be found in men. The screening process can sometimes be done by weekly breast checks; feeling the tissue. The next time you are at you doctor you can ask about this self-test. It is also equally important to know if you have a family history of Breast Cancer. Recently, Angelina Jolie underwent a preventative double mastectomy because it was discovered that she carried the BRCA gene on which cancer manifests. If you are interested in having genetic testing done, please visit this site. Yearly mammograms are also pertinent in the fight against advanced stages of Breast Cancer.
There are many symptoms of Breast Cancer. When you know the signs, you are better prepared to seek professional opinions/consults. The Mayo Clinic describes these symptoms as, “change in breast shape, a lump of tissue, an inverted nipple, peeling of the areola, and redness around the breast.” If you think any of these may be affecting you, please go see your doctor for their professional opinion.
For those that would like to do more, there are many charities to donate to. The Susan G. Komen Foundation is perhaps the best known, as well as Save The Ta-Tas. If you or anyone you know is fighting or is a survivor of Breast Cancer, comment below. We would like to have their stories be heard.