Breast cancer remains the most common cancer among women (excluding non-melanoma skin cancer). Although prevalence in women over 50 is biggest risk group, young women in their 20’s & 30’s are increasingly being diagnosed. Survival rates continue to improve with 89 out of every 100 women diagnosed with invasive breast cancer now surviving 5 or more years beyond diagnosis. Early detection, intervention & proactive treatment are THE BEST ways to beat it!
Discuss & share important information with your family, friends & colleagues. Awareness is our best defense!
Changes to look for in breasts include:
– new lump or lumpiness, especially if only in one breast
– change in the size or shape of your breast
– change to the nipple; crusting, ulcer, redness or inversion
– nipple discharge that occurs without squeezing
– change in the skin of your breast such as redness or dimpling
– unusual pain that doesn’t go away.
**Most changes aren’t due to breast cancer but it’s important to see your medical doctor without delay if you notice any of these changes.**
Creating awareness is an opportunity for us all to focus on breast cancer & the impact on those affected by the disease in our community.