So it is October again, breast cancer awareness month, what should we be aware of to alert us to take action for breast health? Would you know what cancer looked, or felt like if detected?
Health professionals recommend self breast exams and mammograms at 40 years of age for those with a family history, and those without this risk factor at 45 years of age annually for early detection as a main factor in survival. Early detection is a time point of minimal disease making treatment more successful. We should also be aware that heredity plays a role in early detection too; it’s a good idea knowing your risk factors through family predisposition through genetic testing. Some women carry the gene mutations that increase their risk for development of this disease.
Inflammatory breast cancer (IBC) is a rare and aggressive form of breast cancer that occurs when malignant cells block the lymph vessels in the skin of the breast. IBC is different from other forms of breast cancer because it commonly does not cause a lump or mass, spreading rapidly so early detection is crucial.
Breast cancer signs may appear as a red rash, nipple discharge, or shape changes in your breast, and of course lumps. Self exam helps you know your breast so any changes alert you quickly for the need to seek evaluation. Below take a look at pictures of symptoms from diagnosed breast cancer cases:
Nipple discharge from breast Cancer
Inverted nipple can also be an indication of breast cancer.
Pitting of skin for breast cancer diagnosis
Free mammogram is available through (NBCF) the National Breast Cancer Foundation facility partners across the country. Participating facilities must have the capacity to provide treatment and follow-up care if there is an abnormal finding or if breast cancer is diagnosed. (https://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/nbcf-programs/patient-services)
In Georgia participating facilities: WELLSTAR 770 956 7827; LEWIS CANCER PAVILLION 912 352 1700; ST. JOSEPH/CANDLER TELFAIR PAVILLION 918 819 7000.
Please take the time to learn self breast exams. As a son, brother and father I make sure to remind my family to be aware and take self-care in maintaining their wellness, be sure to pass it on, be well.
Our blog is not intended to take the place of medical advice by a professional. Seek medical advice always from a licensed professional.