In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness month, I wanted to share some information on the early signs of breast cancer and when to be screened. Although you may be young and healthy, it is so important to be aware of what to look for.
Breast cancer is the second most common cancer in women behind skin cancer. I am sure sure most of you know at least one person who has been diagnosed with breast cancer.
1 in 8 women in the US will be diagnosed with breast cancer throughout their lifetime!
The good news about breast cancer is it is very treatable. In fact, when it is caught in the localized stage, there is a 99% survival rate.
It is so important that women learn what to look for, how to screen, and when to be seen.
Although we may not be able to prevent breast cancer at this point, women should learn how to diagnose and intervene as quickly as possible.
The best thing you can do for yourself is to learn what to look for and what to do next.
This short video reviews the common signs of breast cancer and the different techniques for screening as well.
If you are ever in doubt, make an appointment with your healthcare provider right away for a clinical breast exam.
If you want to learn more about breast cancer, some of my favorite resources are:
- National Breast Cancer Foundation
- and of course Susan G Komen’s site which has information on cancer and resources for support as well.
Although there may not be a cure for breast cancer, it is very treatable. Learn what to look for and start screening today!